Balsas dry forests

WWF Abstract

The Balsas Dry Forests ecoregion lies in the valley of the Balsas River and is bounded by the Trans-volcanic Belt to the North, the Sierra Madre del Sur to the South, and the highlands of Oaxaca to the east. Vegetation grows at altitudes of 660 to 3,300 feet (200 to 1,000 m) above sea level, in a tropical seasonal climate that has annual average rainfall of less than 47 inches (120 cm) per year. There is a long dry season that lasts from five to eight months. The tree species that thrive in this climate include several species of copal as well as the chupandia. In addition, one finds Ceiba parvifolia, Haematoxylon brasiletto, desert fern, and pajaro bobo. Cacti, such as species of Lemairocereus, Cephalocereus, and Mammilaria are also common. Animals that make their homes in the dry forests include the venomous gila monster and the noisy green parakeet.
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Ecozone:Neotropic
Biome:Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Countries:Mexico
Area:15,423,999 acres (6,241,871 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
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Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder