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The exhibits resemble coastal zones of any of the islands or keys of the Cuban erchipelago. They include a 186 000 gallons reservoir for the exhibition of 30 different specimens of marine tortoises including Caguama turtle, shell turtle and green tortoise.

The reproduction of the natural habitat is achieved with a square-like environment (plaza) which include the “natural” typical vegetation of marine ecosystems such as: Ipomoea pescaprae, Pancratium arenicolum, Morinda citrifolia, Cordia sebestena, Moringa oleifera, Bursera simaruba, hicacos etc.

 

Outsourced birds like Florida pelicans, Pelecanus occidentalis, complete the system and are an additional attraction to the visitor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A coastal cave, a typical element of the archipelago originated by the erosion action of the sea, includes an aquatorium.

 

One of the scientific achievements of the institution is the natural reproduction of a mangrove forest that ranges a 380-m² area and includes such specimens as patabán Laguncularia racemosa and tight mangrove Avicennia germinans.

This florest has grown and reaches already more than 4 meters height. The exhibit also includes a so called “ecopath” 25 m in lenght and 1.20 m in wide that has already turned out to an attraction point for visitors, especially, children.

 

 

Three mangrove species: “natural” mangrove, red mangrove Rhizophora mangrove, tight mangrove Avicennia germinans, and patabán or white mangrove Laguncularia racemosa are shown in this area .

The exhibit areaincludes a 7000 gallons aquatorium where first roots of so an important coastal vegetation have been already introduced. Other shown species of typical fish of this tropical ecosystem.

 

 

 

 

Biodiversity Exhibition

The exposition is a sample of reference collection of the National Aquarium. In the sample are represented the principal groups of flora and fauna of Cuban waters. You can find too information about scientific collections of Natural History conserved in the Aquarium and the huge biological richness of Cuban marine biodiversity.

 

Updated November 12, 2012

 

 

 
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