Abstract

Echinoderms (Echinodermata) from western Archipelago Sabana-Camagüey, Cuba. The Sabana-Camagüey Archipelago, central north region of Cuba, has been submitted to a significant tourist development, with the corresponding increase of hotel infrastructure and highways. We sampled 20 stations considering biotope variation in the macrolagoon and the external areas. The samplings were carried out in March - April and October - November, 2001 (20 days per sampling). Towards the external area - where there is a minor human impact, a better development of the marine grasslands and more saline stability, there were more species, moderate population densities and a lower proportion of species that feed on suspended material, while towards the interior of the macrolagoon we found the opposite pattern. Rev. Biol. Trop. 56 (Suppl. 3): 19-35. Epub 2009 January 05.
Keywords: Effects of hotel development, human impact, biodiversity, demography, feeding