Goals: This database aims to provide a list of plants and animals that are known to occur in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, the Bahía Almirante, Laguna de Chiriquí, and the surrounding mainland on the Caribbean coast of Panama. Users can search for a particular term or browse the database by group. When available descriptions and photographs have been included to aid in species identification. We hope that this database is useful for scientists planning work at the Bocas del Toro Research Station, field workers trying to identify organisms they have seen in the field, and students working in this part of Panama.
The database currently contains total_species species and draws on over total_images photographs from the STRI digital image database. We hope to continue to increase the number of species, as well as add photographs and map locations to each of the listed species within the upcoming years.
This is a work in progress and as such undoubtedly contains some mistakes. Please contact us if you find any errors, have photos you would like to share with us, or provide any additional information that can help improve the database.
Acknowledgements: We thank all the people who have provided observations and photographs for this database. Individual references are given for each species.
Special acknowledgement: We would like to thank the Smithsonian Institution's Women's Committee, Smithsonian Institution's Marine Science Network and Mr. Paul Peck for financial support of taxonomic research and training at the Bocas del Toro Research Station.
We are grateful for the support provided by the Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM), Autoridad Maritíma de Panamá (AMP) and Autoridad de Recursos Acuáticos de Panamá (ARAP) to the research done at Bocas del Toro.