Central Amazonian Forests bioregion
- 126,728Total Land Area (1000 ha)
- 7Number of Ecoregions
- 94%Protection Target
- 4Protection Level
The Central Amazonian forests bioregion, located in the Southern America (Neotropical) realm, contains the central mainstem of the Amazon River and includes three major tributaries—the Japurá in the north and the Madeira and Purus in the south—forming what some call the “heart” of the Amazon. This bioregion is divided into eastern and western halves with seven ecoregions—Caqueta Moist Forests (446), Juruá-Purus Moist Forests (474), Monte Alegre Várzea (482), Napo Moist Forests (483), Purus Varzea (496), Purus-Madeira Moist Forests (497), Solimões-Japurá Moist Forests (503)—unified by the seasonally flooded forests that line its rivers and streams, extending to the foot of the Andes Mountains in the north. It also includes many lakes formed at the junction of the Amazon River and its major tributaries. The total area of this bioregion is nearly 127 million hectares.
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