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New records of fishes at Isla del Coco, Costa Rica

January 1, 1996

Isla del Coco lies at 5 degrees 32'N latitude, 87 degrees 04'W longitude and is the sole peak of the Cocos Ridge exposed above sea level. This isolated island formed approximately 2 million years ago. It rises 575 m above the surface of the sea and covers 46 km2 (Castillo et aI., 1988). Five hundred km to the NNE is Costa Rica; 630 km SSW are the Galapagos Islands; 650 km to the E is Isla Malpelo, Colombia; and approximately 8,000 km W lie the Line Islands. Costa Rica claimed Isla del Coco in 1832 and declared it a National Park in 1978. The area of the park was increased to include the adjacent waters 5 km offshore in 1984 and 25 km offshore in 1991.

Publication Year 1996
Title New records of fishes at Isla del Coco, Costa Rica
Authors V.H. Garrison
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Bulletin of Marine Science
Index ID 1008412
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Florida Integrated Science Center