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UMA

IMPACT

Fan Coral
Crab
Starfish
Pompano Fish

The Underwater Museum of Art is not only a stunning display of human talent and creativity; it also serves an important ecological role. The sculptures provide structure for small species of fish and invertebrates, making it an ideal breeding ground. The baitfish that are attracted to the sculptures bring with them larger predators, helping to keep the ecosystem in balance. In addition, the museum provides a safe haven for young fish to grow and mature before moving out into the open ocean. As a result, the Underwater Museum of Art plays a vital role in supporting marine life.

Artificial reefs are man-made structures that are designed to promote the growth of marine life. They are usually made out of concrete, metal, or stone, and they are often used to create artificial habitats for fish and other creatures. Artificial reefs can be found in many different shapes and sizes, and they are often used to improve the quality of marine ecosystems. In addition to attracting fish, artificial reefs can also help to promote biodiversity by providing homes for a variety of other marine creatures. By promoting the growth of marine life, artificial reefs play an important role in the health of our oceans.

Reef fish
Underwater Museum of Art

OBSERVED SPECIES

More than one hundred species of animal and plant life have been observed and documented in the short time that UMA artwork has been in place.

Dolphin

MAMMALS

Bottlenose Dolphin

Tursiops truncatus

Sea Turtle

REPTILES

Green Sea Turtle

Chelonia midas

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Caretta caretta

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle

Lepidochelys kempii

Coral Blue

INVERTEBRATES AND ALGAES

White Telesto

Carijoa riisei

Colorful Sea Whip

Leptogorgia virgulata

Sea Whip

Pterogoria sp.

Chlorophyta

Bryopsis, Codium

Rhodophyta

Dasya, Gracilaria, Hypea, Kalymenia, Wrangelia

Barnacle

Thoracica

Fan Bryozoan

Scrupocellaria sp. or Bugula spp.

Hydroids

Hyrdoida

Light Bulb Anemone

Actiniaria (unidentified)

Overgrowing Tunicate

Ascidiacea

Sea Frost

Filograna huxleyi

Sessile Annelid

Sabellidae

Solitary Tunicate

Styela sp.

Star Encrusting Sponge

Halisarca sp.

Tubular-Horn Bryozoan

Schizoporella pungens

White Tangled Bryozoan

Bracebridgia subsulcata

Cyanobacteria

Lyngbya sp.

Cyanobacteria (Red)

Cyanophyta

Crustose Coralline Algae

Rhodophyta

Turf Algae

Chlorophyta, Phaeophyta, Rhodophyta

FISH

Red Snapper Fish

Almaco Jack

Seriola rivoliana

Atlantic Spadefish

Chaetodipterus faber

Bank Sea Bass

Centropristis ocyurus

Bar Jack

Carangoides ruber

Beaugregory

Stegastes leucostictus

Belted Sandfish

Serranus subligariu

Bermuda Chub

Kyphosus sectatrix

Bicolor Damselfish

Stegastes partitus

Black Grouper

Mycteroperca bonaci

 

Black Sea Bass

Centropristis striata


Blenny sp.

Labrisomidae, Blenniidae


Blue Angelfish

Holacanthus bermudensis


Blue Headed Wrasse

Thalassoma bifasciatum

 
Blue Runner

Caranx crysos


Cocoa Damselfish

Stegastes variabilis


Doctorfish

Acanthurus chirurgus

 
Dog Snapper

Lutjanus jocu


Eel sp.

Muraenidae


French Grunt

Haemulon flavolineatum


Gag Grouper

Mycteroperca microlepis


Goby sp.

Gobiidae


Goliath Grouper

Epinephelus itajara


Gray Snapper

Lutjanus griseus


Gray Triggerfish

Balistes capriscus


Graysby

Cephalopholis cruentata


Greater Amberjack

Seriola dumerili


Greater Soapfish

Rypticus saponaceus


Grouper sp.

Serranidae


Grunt sp.

Haemulidae


Gulf Flounder

Paralichthys albiguttata


Harlequin Bass

Serranus tigrinus


Hogfish

Lachnolaimus maximus


Horse-eye Jack

Caranx latus


Jack sp.

Carangidae


Jackknife Fish

Equetus lanceolatus


King Mackerel

Scomberomorus cavall

Lane Snapper

Lutjanus synagris

Mutton Snapper

Lutjanus analis

Nurse Shark

Ginglymostoma cirratum

Parrotfish sp.

Scaridae

Pigfish

Orthopristis chrysoptera

Pinfish

Lagodon rhomboides

Polka-dot Batfish

Ogcocephalus cubifrons

Porgy sp.

Sparidae

Queen Triggerfish

Balistes vetula

Rainbow Runner

Elagatis bipinnulata

Red Grouper

Epinephelus morio

Red Lionfish

Pterois volitans

Red Snapper

Lutjanus campechanus

Round Scad

Decapterus punctatus

Sand Diver

Synodus intermedius

Sand Perch

Diplectrum formosum

Sandbar Shark

Carcharhinus plumbeus

Scamp

Mycteroperca phenax

Schoolmaster

Lutjanus apodus

Scrawled Cowfish

Acanthostracion quadricornis

Sea Bass sp.

Serranidae

Sea Bream

Archosargus rhomboidalis

Seaweed Blenny

Parablennius marmoreus

Sergeant Major

Abudefduf saxatilis

Sharpnose Puffer

Canthigaster rostrata

Sheepshead

Archosargus probatocephalus

Silversides, Herrings, Anchovies

Atherinidae, Clupeidae, Engraulidae

Slippery Dick

Halichoeres bivittatus

Southern Stingray

Dasyatis americana

Spanish Hogfish

Bodianus rufus

Spanish Mackerel

Scomberomorus maculatus

Spotfin Burrfish

Chilomycterus reticulatus

Spotfin Butterflyfish

Chaetodon ocellatus

Spotted Scorpionfish

Scorpaena plumieri

Stingray sp.

Rajiformes

Tomtate

Haemulon aurolineatum

Vermillion Snapper

Rhomboplites aurorubens

White Grunt

Haemulon plumierii

Whitefin Sharksucker

Echeneis neucratoides

Whitespotted Soapfish

Rypticus maculatus

Wrasse sp.

Labridae

Southern Stingrays swimming along the sea floor