Ecosystems in Cayo Levisa
Cayo Levisa Coral Reefs Formations
The coral reefs are located in the north portion of the Key and the most diverse ecosystems in the planet are considered. For the quantity of species they maintain and the towering aesthetic securities that these they possess they constitute one of the fundamental attractiveness of the tourist center. On them numerous activities like the diving are developed with team of SCUBA and the snorkeling.
It is known that these they harbor more than 120 species of fish neríticos, more than 47 species of stony corals of 59 reported for Cuba, and species of high value economic and aesthetic as the black coral, the marine turtles, the thorny lobster (Pannulirus argus), among other species of mollusks, sponges and gorgonaceos.
Pastizales or seibadales in Cayo Levisa
The pastizales represents an important biotope for many spineless of which feed most of the fish that are captured in the fisheries of the area.
They cover the whole south portion of the Key and the lagoon arrecifal located to the north and in them it dominates for their abundance the Thalassia tetudinum.
On these seibadales they can be observed occasionally exemplary of the Antillean manatee (Species in Danger of Extinction).
Swamps in Cayo Levisa
The swamps on the other hand occupy 78% of the surface of the Key and they are considered by most of the authors like important breeding areas and recruitment of many fish and spineless marines.
These also support a great biomass of mature fish that many times also integrate the fisheries of the area and they are able to guarantee the natural production of detritus, that which is very important in the operation of the marine ecosystems since in our waters abundant herbivore fish don't exist and therefore the fundamental road of energy entrance to the ecosystem is through the same one.