The Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory
Animal Biodiversity in the Indian River Lagoon
Of those taxa documented, 20 animal phyla, comprising 1779 species, were listed in the original IRL Species Inventory.
Chordate groups (38.7%) consisted of the protochordates and 6 classes of organisms comprising 689 different species. The diversity among fishes and birds accounted for a large amount of the total biodiversity among the chordate group.
Mollusks accounted for 24.1% of the total animal biodiversity in the IRL. This group consisted of 428 species in 4 classes:
Arthropods accounted for 20.2% of the animal biodiversity in the IRL. This groups consists of 360 species in 7 classes:
Annelid worms accounted for 8.2% of IRL biodiversity, and consisted of 145 species in 2 classes:
Sipunculans accounted for 1.0% of IRL biodiversity, with 2 classes of organisms and 18 species:
The remaining 6% of total biodiversity in the IRL consisted of phyla having at least 1 representative species:
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