Central American dry forests

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Central American dry forests
Biome Tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forests
Area 68,100 km2
Countries Mexico (Chiapas), Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica
Conservation status Critical / Endangered [1]

The Central American dry forests ecoregion, of the Tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forests Biome, is located in Central America.


The ecoregion covers a total area of approximately 68,100 km2 and consists of scattered patches of dry forests distributed throughout Central America, from southern Chiapas in southeastern Mexico, through Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, to the northeast of Costa Rica.[1]


Much of the ecoregion has been cleared and converted into pastures for cattle grazing, which is the main cause of its destruction. It is ranked Critical/Endangered by the World Wildlife Fund.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Central American dry forests". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund. Retrieved 2013-08-24.