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South Florida Aquatic Environments

Take an in-depth tour through three imperiled south Florida environments - the Everglades, Florida Bay, and Florida Keys. Test your knowledge with interactive games and learn how you can help preserve these unique habitats.
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Florida Museum of Natural History/Ichthyology
Gainesville , FL 32611
Contact Person: Cathy Bester
Phone: 352.392.1721 x475
E-Mail: cbester@flmnh.ufl.edu
Website: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/southflorida/pisces.html

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The goal of South Florida Aquatic Environments is to provide an interactive, internet-based program that increases public awareness and understanding of three imperiled south Florida ecosystems - the Everglades, Florida Bay, and Florida Keys. Human impacts and conservation issues, as well as the role of museum collections in providing a historical taxonomic and distribution database, are included. South Florida Aquatic Environments also shares and interprets valuable collection-based data from the Florida Museum of Natural History's Ichthyology Collection (UF). The UF collection of fishes is a large and comprehensive assemblage of more than 2 million specimens, representing more than 7,000 species. The principal strengths of the UF collection consist of western and eastern Atlantic shelf and deepwater marine fishes, western Atlantic reef fishes, North American freshwater fishes, especially from the southeastern United States, and freshwater fishes from certain parts of Central America, South America and the West Indies.

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