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Costa Rican Ecosystems$
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Maarten Kappelle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226121505

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226121642.001.0001

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The Central Pacific Seasonal Forests of Puntarenas and the Central Valley

The Central Pacific Seasonal Forests of Puntarenas and the Central Valley

(p.345) Chapter 11 The Central Pacific Seasonal Forests of Puntarenas and the Central Valley
Costa Rican Ecosystems

Quírico Jiménez M.

Eduardo Carrillo J.

University of Chicago Press

Costa Rica’s Central Pacific region forms a transitional zone between the tropical dry forests of the Northern Pacific region and the tropical moist forests of the Southern Pacific region, and as a result it includes species considered characteristic of both areas, as well as a high degree of endemism. The authors first provide a brief description of the region’s geography and varied climate, which is followed by an overview of the ecosystems of various areas in the region, including a description of vegetation and flora, fungal diversity, and the broad range of animals of different types. Finally, this chapter makes the case for conservation in the Fila Chonta region, the last extensive patch of unprotected forest that remains in this area, as it would provide a protected corridor for migration and the area’s ecosystems are not well understood.

Keywords:   Costa Rica, moist forest, Puntarenas, seasonal, pacific, biodiversity

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