Yucatán Moist Forests Ecoregion (Central/North America)

Yucatán Moist Forests Ecoregion (Central/North America)

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 16:55
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The Yucatán moist forests are an ecoregion of the Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests Biome. These moist forests on the Yucatán Peninsula of southeastern Mexico, and slightly beyond, are characterized by a tropical humid climate with little topographic relief.

The Yucatán moist forests are an ecoregion of the Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests Biome. These moist forests on the Yucatán Peninsula of southeastern Mexico, and slightly beyond, are characterized by a tropical humid climate with little topographic relief.

The ecoregion covers an area of 69,700 sq km (26,900 sq mi) of the Yucatán with only a very small portion falling within Belize or Guatemala.

This ecoregion serves as an important biological corridor between the northern Yucatán Peninsula and the moist forests of Central America. These forests are home to more than 15 species of amphibians, 40 reptiles, 200 birds and 90 mammals. Though there are few endemic species, biodiversity is high.

Several reserves have provided a degree of protection to the remaining habitat, but logging and cattle farming continue to destroy much of these forests.