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Laguna de Yalahau (Conil)
The Yalahau (Conil) Lagoon is located on the Northeast corner of the Yucatan Peninsula, on the North side of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is strongly influenced by the Caribbean Sea and partially isolated from the ocean by a front coastal fringe, known as Holbox Island. The system is associated with the Bocontica, Vista Alegre, San Roman, Nactunich and Chijaltun points.
The heterogeneous environment in Yalahau, especially around Vista Alegre Point, allows the development of diverse fauna such as Peracarid crustaceans, which constitute the most abundant and diverse organisms in the lagoon. Thirty species were found. Fourteen were of the Anfipods order, nine of the Isopods order, four of the Tanaidacea order, two of the Cumacea order and only one of the Mysidacea order.
Holbox Island has developed at a rapid pace in order to accommodate the demands of a fast-growing tourist industry, negatively affecting social and ecological systems. Urban plans for further development have not been made however. Yalahau on the other hand, has been declared a bio-reserve.
Coordinates: 21.52° N 87.31° W
Castañeda L.O. and F.E. Contreras. 2001. Serie: Bibliografia Comentada sobre ecosistemas costeros mexicanos 2001. Centro de Documentacion Ecosistemas Litorales Mexicanos. Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa, Division C. B. S. Depto. de Hidrologia. Publicacion electronica (CD). ISBN:970-654-912-9. Mexico, D.F.
K.C. TRAN, D.Valdes, J. Euan, E. Real, E. Gil. 2001. Coastal-Marine Pollution Monitoring Involving Local Communities in Holbox Island, Quintana Roo, Mexico Symposium: Regional Estuarine and Coastal Systems of the Americas 2001. The International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans IAPSO
The International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans. IAPSO
Keywords: Lagoon, Caribbean Sea, Peracarids, Bio-reserve
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