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


Revista de Biología Tropical

Current Issue

Vol. 71 No. S4 (2023)
Published October 30, 2023
Aquatic Mammals of Central América

The editors of the Special Issue began their careers as aquatic mammal biologists in the early 90s. At that time, aquatic mammals were not considered essential to Central America’s marine or mammalian community (including Panama). Aquatic mammals are charismatic megafauna that can become symbols of conservation, though the significance of their contribution to a particular habitat is often misrepresented. Over the past decade, their importance in this region has become evident as Central America’s Pacific and Caribbean waters are home to about 30% of the world’s cetacean diversity (May-Collado, 2009; May-Collado et al., 2018). This knowledge results from a growing community of national and international scientists that, together, reveal aquatic mammals’ extraordinary ecology and contribution to the region’s economy (i.e., Hoyd & Iñiguez, 2008; May-Collado et al., 2018).


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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.

Note 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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Oscar Machuca-Coronado, Ester Quintana-Rizzo, Tannia Sandoval, M. Fabiola Corona-Figueroa, Heidy Amely Garcia
Characteristics and spatial identification of Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus Sirenia: Trichechidae) strandings in Guatemala
Grecia Mendez, Susan Carney, Heidy Amelia Garcia, Ester Quintana-Rizzo
Initial characterization of mitochondrial DNA control region haplotypes of the Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus, Sirenia:Trichechidae) in Guatemala
Laura J. May-Collado, Sawyer Bottoms, Grace Durant, Jose David Palacios-Alfaro, Juan Jose Alvarado
Southern Hemisphere humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) (Artiodactyla: Balaenopteridae) singing activity at Caño Island Biological Reserve, Costa Rica before, during, and after COVID-19 lockdowns
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First song description of the humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae (Balaenopteridae: Artiodactyla), breeding off Nicaragua
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Migratory destinations of endangered humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae (Cetartiodactyla: Balaenopteridae), from El Salvador
Kristin Rasmussen, Daniel M. Palacios
Bryde’s Whale (Balaenoptera edeni brydei, Artiodactyla: Balaenopteridae) aggregation area in the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama
Annie B. Douglas, Frank Garita Alpízar, Alejandro Acevedo-Gutiérrez, Sabre D. Mahaffy, Kristin Rasmussen, Ester Quintana-Rizzo, Joëlle De Weerdt, Daniel M. Palacios, Damián Martínez-Fernández, Camila Lazcano-Pacheco, Christian Daniel Ortega Ortiz, Nicola Ransome, Astrid Frisch-Jordán, Francisco Villegas-Zurita, John Calambokidis, Robin W. Baird
False killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens Cetacea: Delphinidae) along the Pacific coast of Central America and Mexico: Long-term movements, association patterns and assessment of fishery interactions
Dalia C. Barragán-Barrera, Camilo A. Correa-Cárdenas, María Alejandra Duarte-Fajardo, Lissette Trejos Lasso, Betzi Pérez-Ortega, Shakira G. Quiñones-Lebrón, Antonio A. Mignucci-Giannoni, José Julio Casas, Roberto Santamaria Valverde, Nohelia Farías-Curtidor, Susana Caballero
More pieces for the puzzle: novel information on the genetic diversity and population structure of Steno bredanensis (Artiodactyla: Delphinidae) in Central America and the Caribbean Sea
Dalia-C. Barragán-Barrera, Lissette Trejos-Lasso, Betzi Pérez-Ortega, José-Julio Casas, Roberto Santamaria-Valverde
First mercury and stable isotope assessment from an unusual mass stranding of rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis) (Artiodactyla: Delphinidae) in Azuero peninsula, Pacific coast of Panama
Lenin Oviedo Correa, David Herra-Miranda, Juan Diego Pacheco-Polanco
Population size and demographic parameters of pantropical spotted dolphin (Stenella attenuata graffmani) (Cetartiodactyla: Delphinidae) in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
Jenniffer Ortiz-Wolford, Julio C. Romero, Andrea A. Cabrera
Killer whales, Orcinus orca  (Artiodactyla: Delphinidae) in Guatemala: sighting records, photographic match, and interaction with Bryde’s whales, Balaenoptera edeni (Artiodactyla: Balaenoptera)
María Alejandra Duarte-Fajardo, Dalia C. Barragán-Barrera, Camilo A. Correa-Cárdenas, Betzi Pérez-Ortega, Nohelia Farías-Curtidor, Susana Caballero
Mitochondrial DNA supports the low genetic diversity of Tursiops truncatus (Artiodactyla: Delphinidae) in Bocas del Toro, Panama and exhibits new Caribbean haplotypes
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Lobomycosis Like Disease in Bottlenose Dolphins Tursiops truncatus (Artiodactyla: Delphinidae) from Costa Rica Pacific Waters
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