Atlantic Coast restingas

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Atlantic Coast restingas
Restinga vegetation in Jurubatiba Sandbank National Park
location of the Atlantic Coast restingas
Biometropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests
Area7,557 km2 (2,918 sq mi)
Conservation statusCritical/endangered
Protected1,092 km² (14%)[1]

The Atlantic Coast restingas is an ecoregion of the tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests biome, and the South American Atlantic Forest biome. It is located along Brazil's Atlantic coast, from the country's northeast to its southeast.

Restingas are coastal forests which form on sandy, acidic, and nutrient-poor soils, and are characterized by medium-sized trees and shrubs adapted to the dry and nutrient-poor conditions found there.


Restinga vegetation in Fortaleza

The ecoregion covers an area of 7,900 square kilometers (3,100 sq mi), and includes several well-defined enclaves that range along the Atlantic coast from Brazil's northeast to southeast, extending from the tropics to the subtropics.

The northernmost enclave is in Rio Grande do Norte state in northeastern Brazil. Other enclaves are north and south of the city of Salvador and near the mouth of the Jequitinhonha River in Bahia state; north and south of the mouth of the Rio Paraíba do Sul in Rio de Janeiro state; and along the coast of southern Santa Catarina state and Rio Grande do Sul state, as far as the Uruguayan border.

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External links[edit]

  • "Atlantic Coast restingas". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund.
  • (in Portuguese) CONAMA (1999) Resolução 07 de 23 de julho de 1996


  1. ^ Eric Dinerstein, David Olson, et al. (2017). An Ecoregion-Based Approach to Protecting Half the Terrestrial Realm, BioScience, Volume 67, Issue 6, June 2017, Pages 534–545; Supplemental material 2 table S1b. [1]