Lake Zirahuén

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Lake Zirahuén

Lake Zirahuén is a small endorheic lake in the municipality of Santa Clara del Cobre in Michoacán, Mexico. It is a deep mountain lake with a sandy bottom that is partially covered with mud.[1] It covers an area of 970 hectares (2,400 acres) and has a volume of 0.216 cubic kilometres (0.052 cu mi).[2]

At times Lake Zirahuén has been part of an open and continuous hydrological system together with Lake Cuitzeo and Lake Pátzcuaro, draining into the Lerma River. Today it is a closed basin like Lakes Cuitzeo and Pátzcuaro, although ecologists consider it a sub-basin of the Lerma-Chapala basin.[3]

The Zirahuén allotica (Allotoca meeki), a Goodeid fish, is endemic to Lake Zirahuén.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allotoca meeki, Zirahuen allotica (Alvarez, 1959)", Fishbase. Accessed November 15, 2009. [1]
  2. ^ "62. PÁTZCUARO Y CUENCAS ENDORRÉICAS CERCANAS". Regiones hidrológicas prioritarias. Mexico: Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad. 19 December 2008. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Descripción de la cuenca", Recuperación Ambiental del Lago de Pátzcuaro". Accessed October 18, 2009. [2]
  4. ^ "Allotoca meeki, Zirahuen allotica (Alvarez, 1959)", Fishbase. Accessed November 15, 2009. [3]

Coordinates: 19°27′N 101°44′W / 19.450°N 101.733°W / 19.450; -101.733