Biodiversity in Belize
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Ecology of northwest Belize. Website by N. Brokaw, focussing on vegetation of the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area.
US Endangered Species Act:

Biodiversity and Environmental Resource Data System of Belize (BERDS). Is now simply a spatial data warehouse with basic ArcGIS Shapefiles on the Belize Bird rescue and rehabilitation. DON'T support the illegal Parrot nest-robbing trade. Don't buy baby birds. Call: 822 1524  - Report the thieves!

Flora of Belize

The Vascular plant checklist of Belize by The New York Botanical Gardens with numerous contributions by J. C. Meerman. This checklist reports 3408 vascular plants for Belize. Unfortunately there is no information on distribution or status of the plants. 


Crossing the Maya Mountains Divide

Expedition report written by Larry Rice For American Explorer, Autumn 1997

Ecosytems map of Belize
An example of research conducted by J. C. Meerman. Link to the website of the WorldBank. Download the entire report (2 volumes) + GIS files from this site.

To work with the GIS (Global Information System) files, GIS software is required. You can download free software by going to the ESRI webpage (click logo on the left). ArcExplorer  ArcExplorer is a lightweight GIS data viewer developed by ESRI. This freely available software offers an easy way to perform basic GIS functions.

Marine Habitats 

An overview of Marine Habitats found at Laughing Bird Caye. A good general introduction to Coral Reefs structure and biodiversity

Coastal  Zone

An intoduction to the Coastal Zone of Belize by Lisel Alamilla and Anna D. Hoare

Manatee tracking

This website deals with manatee research and gives frequently updated maps indicating the presence of some radio-tagged manatees near Gales Point in the Belize District. 

Sea Turtle tracking Satellite Tracking
The goal of this program is to provide sea turtle researchers with an easy-to-use tool for collecting, managing and sharing their sea turtle satellite tracking data in near real-time.
Hawksbill Turtle Nesting at Manatee Bar, Belize, 1991
Greg W. Smith
Las Quevas Research Station in the Chiquibul forest. Operated by Maya Forest Enterprises in partnership with the Belize Forest Department, Conservation Management Institute and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Belize Zoo

Find out more about educational programs of the best little zoo in the world.

Checklist of amphibians and reptiles from the Las Cuevas area, Belize Checklist of the amphibians and reptiles found in the vicinity of Las Cuevas, compiled by Peter J. Stafford 

Neobat: Bats in Central America

A WCS project. With distribution data and acoustic signatures.

Amphibians and Reptiles

Species found on the Las Quevas (Natural History Museum of London website.

Mayamon: Amphibian monitoring

Continuous reporting on the amphibian monitoring system can be found on this site

Berkeley database of some amphibians occurring in Belize.

With some pictures and distributional information

Central American Applesnail Pomacea flagellata

Classification Scheme for Marine Habitats of Belize

1999. P. J. Mumby & A. R. Harborne. UNDP/GEF Belize Coastal Zone Management Project. *.pdf document

Keel-billed Motmot, Electron carinatum 

Miller B.W. & C. Miller. Cotinga 6(1996)

The Landbird Monitoring Programme at Lamanai, Belize: a preliminary assessment

Marcus C. England. Cotinga 13 (2000): 32-43

Animal Info - Belize  

IUCN status of rare and endangered Belizean mammals.

Bird and mammal lists at With scientific names as well as common names in different languages.

Flora of the Pine Savanna at Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize. Laughlin, D. C., 2002. Caribbean Journal of Science. 38 (1-2): 151-155. (Pdf)

Belize Botanic Gardens

Flora Resources: flora related news (international), books and web resources

Belize's national parks: Descriptions

Belize Electronic Library

Marine Statistics: UNEP/WCMC

Computer-aided Identification of Phlebotomine sandlies of America

Phlebotomine species of America which are present in Belize

Environmental and Regional Determinants of Anopheles (Diptera: Culicidae) Larval Distribution in Belize, Central America
E. Rejmankova, D. R. Roberts, R. E. Harbach, J. Pecor, E. L. Peyton, S. Manguin, R. Krieg, J. Polanco and L. Legters (pdf)

Biology of the Chiquibul Cave System, Belize and Guatemala
J. R. Reddell and G. Veni. Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity, Austin, Texas. (Pdf)

Fungi eating your CD!

Diversity of Life Web Index: Links and Information to Explore Biodiversity

In this page, It is tried to bring together in one place the considerable resources available on the web for exploring the diversity of life. Some of this information will be meaningful only to the scientist (or to someone with a term paper due about some obscure group of species!). But at least some of these links should appeal to anyone with a healthy curiosity.

Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area, Belize Survey Project, P. Kovarik, J. Shuey and C. Carlton.

Rio Bravo collection checklists of the following beetle taxa: Athribidae, Cerambycidae, Chrysomelidae, Curculionidae, Elateroidea, Erotylidae, Mordellidae, Pselaphine Staphylinidae, and Tenebrionidae.

Excerpts from John Shuey's Field Notes.

Investigations of the Belize River: Modeling Flow Overland to the Macal Tributary

Rapid Vegetation Survey Turneffe Atoll: Dept of Geography of Edinburgh. Three members of the Department of Geography were commissioned by Coral Cay Conservation to carry out a rapid survey of the plants and soils found on Turneffe Atoll, Belize. The maps and data produced complement detailed surveys of the reef and marine biology being collected by members of both Coral Cay Conservation and University College Belize.

Coconut palms of Belize

Larval Fishes from Carrie Bow Cay, Belize in Color
A recent survey of the American Crocodile in Turneffe Atoll. S. G. Platt. 2003
Exotic Weeds that Threaten the Caribbean. Richard Moyroud, 2000. Also discusses on Belize (Colubrina asiatica, Melaleuca leucodendron)

Coral bleachout in Belize

Mesoamerican Biological Corridor Mapserver - Belize. provides information to many users in Central America. From maps of ecosystems throughout the Central American region, the map-server can be used to provide information in formats understandable to key decision-makers, as well as the needs of project analysts and researchers.
Checklists of Insects and Arthropods of Nicaragua
Mesoamerica burning. NASA page

Omnimap, a resource for Belize Maps

Fotos Search Belize Travel Photography Stockphotography: over 500 results from a search on "Belize"

Maps of 903 towns and cities in Belize. Click a town and you get latitude, longitude, elevation and weather information and nearby communities. Usefull as a gazetteer.

Assorted Adobe acrobat files. For retrieving and opening these files, Adobe Acrobat Reader is required. This free software can be downloaded from the Adobe website. Click the icon. 

Diptera: Culicidae



Jaguar Conservation

Bacterial abundance in larval habitats

Notes on the mammals of Turneffe

Horseflies (Diptera: Tabanidae)

Coleoptera: Micromalthidae

Tropical Marine Biology. Volume 10, number 1

Coral Bleaching and Marine Protectes Areas

Bibliography of Belizean caving

Simulium cuasiexiguum, a New Blackfly Species

Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program. Contribution List

Remote sensing: A visionary tool in Malaria Epidemiology

Jaguar track measurements: Investigation of a potential survey method

Benque Viejo and Porthidium yucatanicum (Squamata: Viperidae) in Belize





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