Yucatán dry forests

WWF Abstract

Located in the northwestern Yucatán Peninsula, these dry forests grow on a vast lowland plain of rough limestone terrain. The tropical subhumid climate includes a long dry season, when many of the trees in the forest lose their leaves. Dominant plant species in the central section of the ecoregion are wild tamarind and Jamaican dogwood. They are mixed with Alvaradoa amorphoides, Bursera simaruba, Cedrela mexicana, Chlorophora tinctoria, Cordia gerascanthus and Lonchocarpus rugosus. In northern Yucatán, near the Gulf coast, many cactus species can be found, such as Cephalocereus gaumeri, Pterocereus gaumeri and Lemaireocereus griseus. Epiphytes, herbaceous plants, and fungi are scarce, though bromeliads occur in some trees. Flying high above these forests are common black hawks, imposing birds of prey. And during the winter months, the dry forests are alive with migratory songbirds from the United States and Canada.
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Ecozone:Neotropic
Biome:Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Countries:Mexico
Area:12,288,000 acres (4,972,777 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Dzilam de Bravo Wetland Reserve
El Parque Estatal Lagunas de Yalahau Wetland Reserve
Reserva Especial de la Biosfera Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve
Reserva Estatal del Palmar Reserve
Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER