Coastal Marine Environments of the MR El Pelado, Santa Elena, Ecuador

Ambientes Marino-Costeros de la RM El Pelado, Santa Elena, Ecuador
  This work is supported by SENESCYT through the project: "Characterization of the microbial and invertebrate biodiversity in the marine Marine Protect Area El Pelado including taxonomic, metabolomics and metagenomics scales, for use in human and animal health (PIC-14-CENAIM-001)" and the Prometheus Program











How to use the site

Como usar el sitio
Welcome / Bienvenido

This is a pilot version currently under construction.
If this is your first visit, please view the background information first.

Esto es una versión piloto del sitio que se encuentra en construcción.
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Substrate-Habitat Types
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El Pelado Platform (EPP)

Coastal Zone (CS)
near Ayangue
(field work in progress)

You may use the cursor to select
additional information on the
EPP and CZ
from the image above.

EPP Balanus Zone

EPP Turf Zone

EPP Muricea Zone

CZ Zoantharia Zone








This site is based on a concept developed by S. Steiner in 2007 for compiling the "gist" on the distribution and condition or marine habitats in the Caribbean Island of Dominica, see A similar, albeit smaller, initiative was carried out in Nicaragua ( and named SIPIAM. Additional information on the concept are summarized in a report by Steiner and Molina 2012, that was presented at the I Congreso Iberoamericano de Gestión Integrada del Litoral GIAL) in Cádiz, Spain.


  Contributors / Contribuyentes

The persons who have contributed to the development of this site are: Lavorato A., Sonnenholzner J., Jenny Rodríguez and Steiner S. They have also contributed: Barrionuevo O., Idrovo F.

  How to use this site / Como usar el sitio

The visitor can access a synthesis of our current understanding of the underwater seascape surrounding the Islote(Islet) El Pelado, by selecting one of three categories (above) on the current page. The categories are: (1) Areas, (2) Substrate-Habitat Types, or (3) Organisms. Each of the categories leads to additional subcategories, such as specific study areas and sites, different bilogical zones, and taxonomic groups respectively.

REFERENCING: If you wish to use or quote any information provided within this web site, you are asked to provide a proper reference and link as follows: "Steiner, SCC (2016) Coastal Marine Environments of the MR El Pelado, Santa Elena, Ecuador (, viewed dd-mm-yyyy."