During the summer of 2001, I worked with the Belize Department of Archaeology to conduct a biological inventory of a cave proposed for tourism development.  My objectiveswere to (i) identify all biologically sensitive areas; and, (ii) develop a species inventory list of known species for this cave.

From this work and a review of available literature, a colleague and I identified two biologically sensitive areas, and developed a species inventory list containing 41 vertebrate and invertebrate morphospecies in Actun Chapat, Vaca Plateau, west-central Belize.  Biologically sensitive areas included a large multiple species bat roost, and a subterranean pool containing troglobites and stygobites. The inventory list is a product of sporadic research conducted between 1973 and 2001. This project was supported by the Department of Archaeology, Ministry of Tourism and the Environment, Belmopan, Belize, Central America.

 

Publications & Reports

Wynne, J. J. and W. Pleytez. 2005. Sensitive Ecological Areas and Species Inventory of Actun Chapat Cave, Vaca Plateau, Belize. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 67: 148-157.

 

Professional Presentations

National Speleological Society Annual Convention, Bellingham WA (2006).  Wynne, J.J. and W. Pleytez.  Species Inventory and Sensitive Ecological Areas of Actun Chapat Cave, Vaca Plateau, Belize (Invited).