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New records of fishes at Isla del Coco, Costa Rica

Bulletin of Marine Science

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Abstract

Isla del Coco lies at 5 degrees 32'N latitude, 87 degrees 04'W longitude and is the sole peak of the Cocos Ridge exposed above sea level. This isolated island formed approximately 2 million years ago. It rises 575 m above the surface of the sea and covers 46 km2 (Castillo et aI., 1988). Five hundred km to the NNE is Costa Rica; 630 km SSW are the Galapagos Islands; 650 km to the E is Isla Malpelo, Colombia; and approximately 8,000 km W lie the Line Islands. Costa Rica claimed Isla del Coco in 1832 and declared it a National Park in 1978. The area of the park was increased to include the adjacent waters 5 km offshore in 1984 and 25 km offshore in 1991.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
New records of fishes at Isla del Coco, Costa Rica
Series title:
Bulletin of Marine Science
Volume:
58
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1996
Language:
English
Publisher:
University of Miami - Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Contributing office(s):
Florida Integrated Science Center
Description:
4 p.
First page:
861
Last page:
864
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
N