Inventory of medium-sized and large mammals in the wetlands of Laguna de Terminos and Pantanos de Centla, Mexico
Check List 13(6): 711-726, doi: 10.15560/13.6.711
Inventory of medium-sized and large mammals in the wetlands of Laguna de Terminos and Pantanos de Centla, Mexico
expand article infoMircea G. Hidalgo-Mihart, Fernando M. Contreras-Moreno, Alejandro Jesús-de la Cruz, Rugieri Juárez-López, Yaribeth Bravata de la Cruz, Luz A. Pérez-Solano§, Carolina Hernández-Lara§, Diana Friedeberg|, Dan Thornton, Juan M. Koller-González
‡ Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, Villahermosa, Mexico§ Red de Biología y Conservación de Vertebrados, Instituto de Ecología A.C., Xalapa, Mexico| Panthera, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico¶ Washington State University, Pullman, United States of America
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Abstract
Wetlands are one of the most productive ecosystems in the world. However, they have received little attention in the tropics. Biodiversity data from the Terminos-Centla wetlands is limited despite the conservation efforts to protect these wetlands. In this study we list the medium-szied and large mammals from 8 sites within the Terminos-Centla wetlands. We recorded 30 native and 1 introduced species, representing 9 orders, 14 families, and 27 genera. Four of the recorded species are Threatened, 9 Endangered, and 1 under special protection under Mexican legislation. Compared with other sites of southeastern Mexico, the area of the Terminos-Centla wetlands has a many more species. Our results highlight the Terminos-Centla wetlands as one of the most important systems of Mesoamerica for the medium-sized and large mammals and and underlines the urgent need to develop conservation strategies for the area.
Keywords
Tabasco; Campeche; Natural Protected Areas; deforestation; inventories