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INDIAN RIVER LAGOON SPECIES INVENTORY

 
INDIAN RIVER LAGOON SPECIES INVENTORY

Primarily due to its unique location overlapping the boundary between temperate and subtropical climatic zones, east central Florida's Indian River Lagoon (IRL) is one of the most biologically diverse estuarine systems in the continental United States. The lagoon’s habitats support more than 3,500 documented species of animals, plants, fungi and protists.  In 1990, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated the IRL as an "estuary of national significance", which initiated both local and national efforts to better protect the biodiversity of this rich ecosystem.  We invite you to become part of this on-going effort. To learn more about the Indian River Lagoon’s unsurpassed biodiversity, habitats, and the challenges it presently faces, please click on one of the graphics or the links to the left.

IRL PHOTO GALLERY   IRL FIELD GUIDE

 

CHECK OUT WHAT'S NEW!

 
Species Image Gallery
New Species Reports
Downloadable Species Inventory Database - Version 1
 

New IRL Articles

Climate Change and the Indian River Lagoon

Marine Invertebrates - Animals without a Backbone that Live in the Sea

How can we Protect the Indian River Lagoon?

 

New Links

Learn about the 2011 Algal Superbloom

 

Want even more information? Check out the Encyclopedia of Life!

 

CONTACT US

Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
701 Seaway Drive
Fort Pierce, F
L 34949

Phone: 772
.462.6220 Fax: 772.461.8154

 



 
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