Venezuelan Coast bioregion
- 23,719Total Land Area (1000 ha)
- 12Number of Ecoregions
- 48%Protection Target
- 8Protection Level
The Venezuelan Coast bioregion, located in the Southern America (Neotropical) realm, runs the length of South America’s Caribbean coastline. It is largely dominated by dry coastal scrublands interspersed with pockets of moist tropical forest, as well as dry tropical forest and the ice-capped Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta plateau, which many indigenous tribes believe to be the “beating heart” of the continent. The bioregion contains 11 terrestrial ecoregions – Catatumbo Moist Forests (447), Cordillera de la Costa Montane Forests (456), Santa Marta Montane Forests (499), Lara-Falcón Dry Forests (536), Maracaibo Dry Forests (539), Sinú Valley Dry Forests (546), Santa Marta Páramo (594), Araya and Paria Xeric Scrub (597), Guajira-Barranquilla Xeric Scrub (602), La Costa Xeric Shrublands (603), Paraguana Xeric Scrub (606) – as well as Amazon-Orinoco-Southern Caribbean Mangroves (611). The total area of this bioregion is nearly 24 million hectares, not including adjacent marine areas.
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