By Eric Dinerstein, David M. Olson, Douglas J. Graham
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The biological distinctiveness of an ecoregion is assessed within its MHT, thus ensuring that we compare tropical moist broadleaf forests only to other tropical moist broadleaf forests and not to montane grasslands with major differences in patterns of biodiversity. We classify ecoregions as Globally Outstanding, Regionally Outstanding, Bioregionally Outstanding, or Locally Important. Page xvii To undertake these analyses, we solicited help from a wide range of biodiversity specialists and conservation planners from the LAC region.
Diego Gómez (Organization for Tropical Studies, COSTA RICA) R. Dirzo (Universidad Nacional Autónomo de México [UNAM], MEXICO) W. Duellman (University of Kansas, USA) J. Echevarria (Universidad Nacional de Tumbes, PERU) F. Erize (ARGENTINA) C. Espinosa (Instituto Nicaragüense de Recursos Naturales y del Ambiente [IRENA], NICARAGUA) E. Ezcurra (Secretaría de Desarrollo Social [SEDESOL], MEXICO) R. Ford Smith (VENEZUELA) F. Flores Verdugo (Centro Unidad Mazatlan en Agricultura y Manejo Ambiental, MEXICO) G.
They are concentrated in the western portion of Amazonia and the tropical northern Andes, with others scattered among northern Mexico, the Atlantic forests of Brazil, and southern Chile. Montane grasslands have the highest proportion of Globally or Regionally Outstanding ecoregions, followed by tropical moist broadleaf forests. Three MHTs (tropical dry broadleaf forests; grasslands, savannas, and shrublands; and deserts and xeric shrublands) had a higher proportion of Bioregionally Outstanding and Locally Important ecoregions than did the other MHTs.