Mediterranean conifer and mixed forests

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Mediterranean conifer and mixed forests is an ecoregion, in the temperate coniferous forest biome, which occupies the high mountain ranges of North Africa and southern Spain.[1] The term is also a botanically recognized plant association in the African and Mediterranean literature.[2]

Setting[edit]

The Mediterranean conifer and mixed forests ecoregion consists of a series of enclaves in the coastal Rif Mountains and interior Middle Atlas and High Atlas of Morocco, the eastern Tell Atlas and eastern Saharan Atlas of Algeria, and the Kroumerie and Mogod ranges of Tunisia.

The Mediterranean woodlands and forests ecoregion surrounds the Mediterranean conifer and mixed forests at lower elevations.

In the High Atlas, the Mediterranean conifer and mixed forests yield to the Mediterranean High Atlas juniper steppe at the highest elevations.

Flora[edit]

The predominant canopy tree in the forests is Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica). Quercus afares, a deciduous oak, is endemic to the ecoregion.

Fauna[edit]

Endangered mammals in the ecoregion include the Barbary Macaque (Macaca sylvanus) at locations such as the Djebel Babor Mountains;[3] other species in the ecoregion include Atlas Deer (Cervus elaphus barbarus), and Barbary Leopard (Panthera pardus panthera).

Conservation and threats[edit]

Deforestation due to overuse by the local population is a major threat as are the effects of climate change.

References[edit]

Line notes[edit]

  1. ^ World Wildlife Fund, 2001
  2. ^ Harry Van der Linde, Anada Tiéga and Thomas Price, 2001
  3. ^ C. Michael Hogan, 2008