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Gerard van Buurt

Gerard van Buurt

MSc (University of Groningen)

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Effective assessments of the status of Caribbean fish communities require historical baselines to adequately understand how much fish communities have changed through time. To identify such changes and their causes, we compiled a historical overview using data collected at the beginning (1905–1908), middle (1958–1965) and end (1984–2016) of the 20t...
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Globally, geckos (Gekkonidae) are one of the most successful reptile families for exotic species. With the exception of the widespread invader, Hemidactylus mabouia, however, introductions of exotic gecko species are a more recent occurrence in the Caribbean islands despite extensive introductions of exotic geckos in the surrounding Caribbean regio...
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Book on Amerindian (Caquetío) words in the Papiamentu language
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We used nightly surveys to monitor the status of building-dwelling gecko species on the southern Caribbean island, Curacao. Two gecko species were detected in 10 counts across five nights from 18 sites. We recorded the nonnative Wood Slave, Hemidactylus mabouia (81%, 369/455 observations), native Dutch Leaf-Toed Gecko, Phyllodactylus martini (11%,...
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Large marine apex predators have become exceedingly rare in shallow neritic waters around most Caribbean islands, including the ABC-islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao) of the Leeward Dutch Caribbean. This is especially the case for several species of sharks. In May 2000, 24 2-hr long deepwater submersible dives were conducted off the islands of Aruba...
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Recent inventories have documented no less than 211 exotic alien species in the wild for the Dutch Caribbean. These amount to no less than 27 introduced marine species, 65 introduced terrestrial plants, 72 introduced terrestrial and freshwater animals and 47 introduced agricultural pests and diseases. A list of these species, pests and diseases are...
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Effective and targeted conservation action requires detailed information about species, their distribution, systematics and ecology as well as the distribution of threat processes which affect them. Knowledge of reptilian diversity remains surprisingly disparate, and innovative means of gaining rapid insight into the status of reptiles are needed i...
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A dead dolphin found on Bonaire in August 2011 is identified as adult Fraser's dolphin Lagenodelphis hosei, a new species for the Dutch Caribbean. A first closer examination showed a collapsed lung, stomach parasite infection and abundant mouth ulceration as indications of its health status. The animal was relatively fresh and did not die very long...
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Most information on invasive alien pests is available for the leeward Dutch islands while the least is known for the windward Dutch islands. The principal means of entry is the importation of unsterilized soil and plant material through container shipment, import of ornamental plants and air traffic. The economic costs, both in terms of damages and...
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General overview of the Teiid lizards of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Paraguaná
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An overview of 72 invasive animals of the terrestrial and freshwater environments of the Dutch Caribbean, eleven of which are no longer present. All invasive animals that are principally agricultural pests and or animal and plant diseases (46 species) are excluded as these are discussed separately elsewhere. The 61 species documented and discussed...
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The marine exotic species of the Dutch Caribbean are less well-known than its terrestrial exotics. So far, only 27 known or suspected marine exotic species, some of which are also invasive are documented for one or more islands of the Dutch Caribbean. Four of these were documented only once or were only present for a certain period of time and are...
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Non-native species are a growing worldwide conservation problem, often second only to habitat destruction and alteration as a cause of extirpations and extinctions. Introduced taxa affect native faunas through competition, predation, hybridization, transmission of diseases, and even by confounding conservation efforts focused on superficially simil...
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The islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire together with the Venezuelan islands of Los Monjes, Islas Aves, Los Roques, La Orchila and La Blanquilla form an archipelago north of the Venezuelan coast. Of these islands Curaçao is the largest with a surface area of 444 km 2. In this article an overview is given of the changes that have occurred in the n...
Technical Report
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Report on the development of FAD's in Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire
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We discuss the significance of two manatee records for the Dutch Windward Islands (Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten) as well as six manatid and one crocodile. record for the Dutch Leeward Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao). The persistence of the manatee in the Lesser Antilles until the early 17th century suggests that in pre-Columbian times manatee...
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Curaçao and Bonaire form part of the Netherlands Antilles, while Aruba has a "status aparte" within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. All three islands are relatively arid compared to a typical Caribbean island, with mean annual rainfall of 409-553 mm, and experience several periods of drought lasting two or more years each century. A short history o...
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This summary tackles the development of fisheries in the Caribbean using FADs. It highlights the principal causes which explain why, in spite of more than thirty years of experimenting, fishing on FADs has not developed as much as had been hoped. Whereas the deep-sea production of pelagic fish by the continental countries of the region has consider...
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Development program of deep-water GRP FAD's
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Gives an overview of the changes in Nature on Curaçao from 1499-1999 (in Dutch)
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Deepwater Fish Aggregating devices (FAD's) made of GRP, were built and tested around Curaçao
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Describes the distribution of Algae, Corals and Gorgonians in relation to depth, light attenuation, water movement and grazing pressure in the fringing coral reef of Curaçao.
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The influence of light and temperature on photosynthetic rate as measured by C14O2-fixation of marine benthic diatoms was investigated, using both intact sediment samples (Marshall et al., 1973) and suspensions of diatoms harvested by a lenstissue technique (Eaton and Moss, 1966). After C14-incubation, sediment samples were filtered, burned in a sa...

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Amphibians of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire