HISPABIOTA MARINA is a long term Project implemented by Programa Ecomar, Inc. in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to create the first inventory of the coastal and marine biota from Hispaniola Island (Dominican Republic and Haiti). All taxonomic marine groups (from microalgae to mammals) are being reviewed. Preliminary lists are available for most of the groups, summing at the moment more than 2,500 known species. Some lists have been reviewed and published in national scientific magazines focused on biodiversity: Moscosoa from the National Botanic Garden (macroalgae) and Novitates Caribaea from the Natural History Museum of Santo Domingo (sponges and chitons). Inventories for sea anemones, stomatopods and brachiopods, are also available. Echinoderms data have been published as Recent echinoderms for Hispaniola Island in a chapter of the regional  book Echinoderms research and diversity in Latin American. A Review of Marine Mammal Records from Hispaniola was presented at the 21st Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals 2015. .A general inventory of the marina fauna is also available. The marine chapters of the updated version of the Dominican Republic Biodiversity Report 2015 is based in our data. HISPABIOTA MARINA is creating databases for all marine groups with updated taxonomic lists;  habitat, depth and localities data; references to museum collections; and distribution maps. The project is assisted by a group of specialists from scientific institutions all over the world. In 2014, a new parallel Project started: Contribution of Hispabiota Marina to the Ocean Biogeographic Information System OBIS, with the objective of tranfer our databases  to this international information system of marine biodiversity. The first contribution of this project highlights the potential of Hispabiota Marina to enrich the bases of OBIS with new data from Hispaniola Island.

Last updated: January 1, 2016 Programa Ecomar, Inc., Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic