Western Gulf Coastal grasslands

WWF Abstract

The grasslands of the western Gulf of Mexico occur in northwestern Mexico and the southern U.S. and extend in a coastal band along the western Gulf, including many near-shore islands. This tall grass coastal prairie has a distinctly temperate climate moderated by the Gulf of Mexico. With rainfall levels of less than 12 inches (300 cm) per year, the plant species that grow here are predominatly tall bunchgrass and prairie. Species include seacoast bluestem, eastern gamagrass, Gulf muhly, Gulf cordgrass, sedges, rush, and saltgrasses. Occasional shrublands consist of mesquite, huisache, lime prickly ash, and Texas persimmon. This habitat is home to bobcats and colorful, blue spring lizards.
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Ecozone:Nearctic
Biome:Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Countries:Mexico, United States
Area:19,199,999 acres (7,769,964 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Jean Lafitte National Hist. Park & Preserve National Historical Park
Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge
Padre Island National Seashore
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER