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Chiapas Depression dry forests

Conservation status  Critical/Threatened
Area  13,900 km²
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Countries  Mexico (Southern) and Guatemala
Biome  Tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forests

The Chiapas Depression dry forests form one of the ecoregions that belong to the tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forests biome, as defined by the World Wildlife Fund, in northwestern Central America.

Geography

This ecoregion is located in the central Chiapas Depression, the central depression of the eastern Sierra Madre de Chiapas, in Chiapas state of Mexico and into northwestern Guatemala.

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It covers an area of around 13,900 km2. It lies at an altitude of 420–800 metres (1,380–2,620 ft).

Ecology

The Chiapas Depression dry forests ecoregion has a hot, dry climate.

Its biodiversity is high, with about 980 plant species, and includes 40% of the endemic species of dry ecosystems found in Mexico. It also forms a corridor that connects two major biogeographic region, the Gulf of Mexico on the east and the Pacific in the west.

Conservation threats

The ecoregion has been seriously threatened by cattle grazing, which is the main cause of its destruction, along with the effects of logging and the expansion of the agricultural frontier.

References

Chiapas Depression dry forests Wikipedia


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