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The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) Species Inventory is an online database that provides comprehensive information on all aspects of IRL biodiversity. It is utilized by a wide variety of audiences including scientists, resource managers, educational groups, and IRL citizenry. The website is continually updated as new discoveries and information become available. We invite you to increase your knowledge and appreciation of this invaluable natural resource.


- over 3,500 species that live in one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in the continental United States
- commercially and recreationally important species
- Special Status species
- invasive species
- why taxonomy is important
- special adaptations of marine invertebrates
- what's new on the website

Learn About:

- what makes the IRL so unique
- climate change and other threats to the IRL
- scientific research and discovery on IRL organisms and habitats


- IRL's many habitats including seagrass beds, mangroves, oyster reefs, salt marshes, tidal flats, scrub, beaches and dunes

Find Out:

- how you can make a difference in IRL water quality

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- the IRL Photo Gallery
- the IRL Species Image Collection

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Did you know that the IRL Species Inventory contributes species information to the Encyclopedia of Life? Visit EOL to find out more.


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