Life List 2004


"Life Lists," - comprehensive lists of every species of organism seen on an excursion are useful both as starting points to the study of a region's biodiversity and as a means of focusing one's attention on that diversity. Indeed,, an old proverb states that if you have not drawn something, you have not seen it;

We ourselves the task of developing a life list of our 2004 excursion, ias an educational device, source of pleasure, and record of our excursion. Where possible, we've documented our sightings with photographs to which you can link.

Enjoy.


Contents:

Chondrichthians (sharks and rays)

Actinopterygians (bony fish)

Mammals

Turtles

Squamates

Birds

Echinoderms

Arthropods

Molluscs

Cnidarians

Sponges

Plants


Chondrichthians (sharks and rays):

Black-tipped reef shark Carcharhinus limbatus
Diamond stingray Dasyatis brevis
Golden cow-ray Rhinoptera steindachneri
Mobula ray Mobula eregoodootenki
Spotted eagle ray Aetobatus narinari
White-tipped reef shark Triaenodon obesus


Actinopterygians (bony fish):


Mammals:


Turtles:

Galápagos Giant Tortoise Geochelone elephantopus
Green sea turtle Chelonia mydas agassizi


Squamates (lizards and snakes):

Central and western lava lizard Microlophus albemarlensis
Española lava lizard Microlophus delanonis
Galápagos land iguana Conolophus subcristatus
Marine iguana Amblyrhynchus cristatus
Galápagos snake Alsophis indet.


Birds:

(*Asterisks* indicate sightings in Mainland Ecuador.)


Echinoderms:


Molluscs:


Arthropods:


Cnidarians:


Porifera (Sponges):


Plants: