Central American dry forests

WWF Abstract

The Central American Dry Forests ecoregion extends in patches from the dry forests of southeast Mexico, through Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, ending in the transition zone of dry to moist forest in Costa Rica. These unique ecosystems represent dry habitat "islands" embedded in moist forests, pine-oak forests, and xeric habitats, and are important in the migration routes and life cycles of many species. Most dry forest areas are in the lowland plains. Generally, these forests are smaller in structure and simpler in composition than the neighboring moist forests, although many endemic species do occur here. Dry forests are dense and species-rich with 600 to 700 tree species in the various ecological zones.
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Ecozone:Neotropic
Biome:Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Countries:Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica
Area:16,831,998 acres (6,811,668 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER