Revista de Biología Tropical ISSN Impreso: 0034-7744 ISSN electrónico: 2215-2075


Revista de Biología Tropical

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Vol. 72 No. 1 (2024)
Published December 13, 2023
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April 1, 2022

“Advances and challenges of coral restoration in Latin America and the Caribbean”

Editores científicos:  Alma Paola Rodríguez-Troncoso, Adolfo Tortolero-Langarica y Juan José Alvarado
1. Centro Universitario de la Costa, Universidad de Guadalajara, México.
2. Instituto Tecnológico de Bahía de Banderas, México.
3. Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica.   872d74a5-af06-4a58-bed4-5412ae309bbd.png

March 1, 2022

Revista de Biología Tropical / International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation, is a full open access journal from the University of Costa Rica focused on tropical biology and conservation. All issues, from 1953 to the present, are available for free download here.

Our scope

Our journal publishes scientific articles that increase our understanding of biology, conservation, and biomedical life sciences in the tropics.

Selection criteria are the quantity and quality of new information and its potential interest to the general audience as well as to specialists. The studied ecosystems, or at least the organisms, must be tropical. 

Regular issues

We give preference to feature original articles that include testable study questions —for example, studies with an experimental design to evaluate factors that influence biological variables, or studies that explain the mechanisms underlying biological or biomedical phenomena such as, for example, behavior or physiology. Field studies should be extensive enough to identify temporal or spatial patterns. We also welcome systematic or phylogenetic studies above the species level, meta-analyses, and bibliometric studies that critically examine what is known and what remains to be done in any field of tropical biology.

Review articles are mostly published by invitation of the Editorial Board to recognized authorities. Other specialists interested in submitting a review must first send a titled outline to Accepted proposals receive the same evaluation as regular manuscripts.

All reviews and meta-analyses need to identify and fill gaps in knowledge, present methodological advances, and propose future research directions.

Articles must be submitted to one of the journal's sections:

  • Biotechnology: Biotechnology is a multidisciplinary field that involves working with biological systems, living organisms, or parts of these for applications oriented toward humanity's welfare using various tools and technologies. The journal publishes research articles in plant biotechnology, tissue culture, animal biotechnology, microbial biotechnology, bioremediation, genetic engineering, industrial biotechnology, marine biotechnology, food biotechnology, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, basic and applied research.

  • Genetics: Genetics is a vast field, and the journal welcomes articles on phylogenetics, phylogeography, evolutionary biology/ecology, and population genetics.

  • Botany and Mycology: The journal is seeking articles related to plants, algae, and fungi biology. It expects to receive articles on their physiology, structure, and functions and their roles in ecosystems.

  • Terrestrial Ecology: Terrestrial ecology studies the interactions between plants and their environment, including pollinators and dispersers, and adaptations or dynamic fluctuations to changing climatic conditions.

  • Aquatic Ecology: The journal accepts marine life articles covering coastal and deep-sea habitats. The studies can examine biological communities in freshwater bodies, ecological processes within mangroves, and the spatial-temporal dynamics of biological communities. The research should concentrate on the relationship between biodiversity and the environment in coastal environments, sediment bottoms, rivers, lakes, and marine mammals.

  • Invertebrate Biology: The journal is seeking articles that cover both terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, including their physiology, behavior, and ecological roles.

  • Vertebrate Biology: The journal is interested in articles about the physiology, behavior, and ecology of land vertebrates in various ecosystems.

  • Conservation: Biodiversity conservation is crucial. The journal expects research on the impact of stressors on ecosystems or biological populations and practical strategies for preservation or restoration.

  • Biomedicine: Research on the biological basis of diseases, including studies on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying pathologies, as well as discoveries related to the biology of vectors and parasites.

Notes about old data: We encourage authors to compare old results with more recent data or to use the data within a meta-analysis. Studies based on data collected over six years ago must include a justification of why they are still of interest, and in the case of field studies, they need to present spatial patterns or temporal trends of historical significance. The Editorial Board evaluates the validity of methods and the relevance of results before sending the manuscript to reviewers.

The journal now has one issue per year (continuous publication from January 1st to December 31st) and publishes articles the same week that an edited version becomes available. Until 2021, it published four regular issues per year: issue 1 (January – March), issue 2 (April – June), issue 3 (July – September), and issue 4 (October – December).

We do not publish notes; short communications; species lists; single new species; range extensions; new records and other preliminary or short studies; or highly specialized technical reports based on protocols (e.g. agricultural, forestry, biochemical, microbiological, aquaculture, fishery or similar studies that only apply well known techniques to particular cases of local interest).

Special issues

Special issues financed by research organizations are accepted after approval by the Editorial Board. They may contain a diversity of report types, including short papers, new records, new species descriptions, checklists, technical reports, etc. To publish a special issue, contact for a cost estimate.

Target audience

Researchers with an interest in studying all fields of tropical biology.

Why publish in Revista de Biología Tropical?

  • Fully indexed: Revista de Biología Tropical is included in Science Citation Index Expanded, REDIB Journals Ranking, Current Contents, Google Scholar, Biological Abstracts, and about 50 other international indices.
  • Rapid decision and publication (7 days for first decision, 4-8 months from submission to publication).
  • Fair: We use a double-blind system for a fair evaluation of manuscripts.
  • High impact, not only because of its citation rate but also because it is widely read in countries with the highest tropical biodiversity, ensuring your article will have the most impact on the conservation of tropical biodiversity. Web of Science Impact Factor of 0.6. SJR Impact Factor of 0.28 (Q2).
  • A personalized treatment by our dedicated staff.
  • World Class Editorial and Scientific Boards.
  • Open Access: All articles, since the first issue in 1953 to the present are freely available online (Archives) so they are more likely to be cited than articles behind pay-walls. 
  • FREE PUBLICATION: Each article receives 10 free pages of space in PDF format, which is enough for most scientific papers. Additional pages can be published in page layout format of the pdf at a cost of $50 each. Supplementary material such as additional texts, figures, tables, graphics, and databases at a cost of $60. Contact for more information.



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Ana Lucía Torres-Barajas, Karla Daniela Salas-Baéz, Rosa Isela Chávez-Gómez, Norma Adela Carrasco-Esparza, Martín Humberto Muñoz-Ortega, Eduardo Sánchez-García, David Alejandro Hernández-Marín
Trypanocidal activity of five Latin American plants
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Terrestrial ecology

Marco Herminio Osorto Nuñez, Luis Diego Alfaro Alvarado, Federico Chinchilla Romero, Flavio Guimarães Rodrigues3
Impact of Collared Peccaries Dycotiles tajacu (Artiodactyla: Tayassuidae) on understory vegetation in the tropical rainforest of the Nogal-La Selva Biological Corridor, Costa Rica
Alejandra Clavijo-Giraldo, Carlos F. Álvarez-Hincapié, Gabriel Colorado
Habitat structure influences the diversity of diurnal butterflies (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea) in high-montane ecosystems in Colombia
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Fernando Plata Pérez, Diana P. Urbina-Flores, Oscar A. Villarreal-Espino-Barros, Adrián Gloria-Trujillo, German D. Mendoza
Unveiling activity patterns of the deer Odocoileus virginianus (Artiodactyla: Cervidae) and its predators in Mexico's Arid Region
Maurico Aguilar-Garavito, Edinson Sesquilé, Jordi Cortina-Segarra, Ángela Legizamo, Sebastián Ruiz-Santacruz
Production and germination of acorns from the Andean oak Quercus humboldtii (Fagaceae) affected by recurrent fires
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Natalia Mejía-Cepeda, Óscar Murillo-García, Wilmar Bolívar-García
Acoustics of an assembly of anurans in the geographical Cauca River Valley, Colombia
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Julio Javier Chacón Pacheco, Car Luis Pacheco Guerra, Jesús Ballesteros Correa
Activity of bats (Chiroptera) in extensive livestock systems in the Colombian Caribbean

Aquatic ecology

Silvia Lucía Villabona González
Plankton interactions and instability in four tropical reservoirs with different trophic status
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Yareni Saharai Pablo-López, Christian Daniel Ortega-Ortiz, Salvador Hernández-Vázquez, José Alfredo Castillo-Guerrero, Aramis Olivos-Ortiz, Marco Agustín Liñán-Cabello
Spatio-temporal composition of aquatic birds community in Juluapan Lagoon, Colima, Mexican Central Pacific
María del Rocío Torres-Alvarado, Teresa Pérez Muñoz, Neivy Betsabet Maldonado-Vela
Methanogenesis in sediments of a tropical coastal wetland: a culture-dependent method
Omar Alejandro Peña-Almaraz, Hilda Elena Castillo-Jiménez, Manuel Alejandro Vargas-Ceballos, Daniel Badillo-Zapata, Olimpia Chong-Carrillo, Fernando Vega Villasante
A life controlled by the current: rheotaxis behavior of the river prawn Macrobrachium tenellum (Decapoda: Palaemonidae)
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Luis Edson Monzón Hernández, Miguel Angel Peralta Meixueiro, José Manuel Aguilar Ballina, Gustavo Rivera Velázquez, María Eugenia Vega Cendejas
Biotic integrity of the Mar Muerto lagoon, Mexico, based on fish
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Sara Velásquez-López, Jesús Manuel Vásquez Ramos, Clara Inés Caro-Caro, Lucimar Gomes Dias
Diversity of Leptohyphidae (Ephemeroptera) nymphs in the Quenane-Quenanito river, Colombian plain foothills
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Giovany Guevara, Mayra Geraldine Rojas Céspedes, Gladys Reinoso Flórez
Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) in three high Andean tropical streams in Colombia: altitudinal and temporal changes
• José del Carmen Gerónimo-Torres, • Óscar Iván Álvarez-Ramón, Liliana Ríos-Rodas, • Baltazar Sánchez-Díaz, • Facundo •Sánchez-Gutiérrez, Manuel Pérez-De la Cruz
Diversity of longicorn beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) associated with a mangrove swamp in Tabasco, Mexico
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Estefania Isaza-Toro, John Josephraj Selvaraj, Alan Giraldo
Geographical distribution model of the fish Coryphaena hippurus (Perciformes: Coryphaenidae) according to climate change in the Pacific Oriental Tropical
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Pastor Coayla-Peñaloza, André Alexander Cheneaux-Diaz, Claudia Viviana Moreno.Salazar, Cynthia Elizabeth Cruz-Remache, Cristina Damborenea
Aquatic macroinvertebrate community and water quality in River Tambo, Arequipa region, Peru
Florencia Alvarez, Claudia Borja, Liliana Moraña, Veronica Lozano
Correlation Abundance Networks for Analyzing Biological Interactions during Cyanobacterial Blooms


Rebeca Acosta, Facundo Alvarez, Betto Figueira, Sofía Castro Cavicchinni, Rolando Vera, Daryl David Cruz Flores, Alejandro Nuñez
Environmental sympatry through time: spatio-temporal distribution and conservation status of two sympatric anuran species (Leptodactylidae) in South America
Joan Stiven Bocanegra-Mora, Rosa Elena Ajiaco-Martínez, Hernando Ramírez-Gil, Carlos Guillermo Barreto
Sustainability of dual exploitation (fry and adults) of the fish Semaprochilodus laticeps (Characiformes: Prochilodontidae) in Colombia
MSc. Carlos Avila, PhD. Daniel Griffith, PhD. Carlos Iván Espinosa
Species distribution models and conservation status of threatened bats in the Tumbesian region of Ecuador and Perú
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José Daniel Sarmiento-Roa, Anderson Arenas-Clavijo, Neis José Martínez-Hernández
Spatio-temporal variation in the diversity of Geadephaga beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae, Cicindelidae), in the tropical dry forest of the Colombian Caribbean
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Jackeline Aida Mendoza-Soto, Renato Walter Colan-Rodriguez, Gladys Milagros Reyes-Lizarraga, Javier Amaru-Castelo, Edgar Luis Marquina-Montesinos, Joseph Oakley
Spatial and temporal dynamics of the primate community in a regenerating forest of the Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru
Natalie Viviana Sánchez, Katherine Bonilla Badilla, Cesar Augusto Estevo
Precipitation explains Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) occupancy patterns in Northern Costa Rica
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