LAGUNAS DE CHACAHUA
Southern Pacific dry forests (NT0230)
Mexican South Pacific Coast mangroves (NT1422)

Location:

Southern Mexico

Biome:

Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests,
Mangroves

Size:

NT 1422: 1,200 km 2
NT 0230: 42,000 km 2
National Park: 14 187 ha
Status: Critical/ Endangered/ Vulnerable
General: Southern Pacific coast dry vegetation rich in species biodiversity & mangroves surrounding eight large lagoons in Michoacan, Guererro and Oaxaca provinces.
Special: Lagunas de Chacahua was pronounced a National Park in 1937 and consists of 2 principal lagoons - Chacahua and Pastoría and various smaller lagoons connected by narrow channels.
Climate:

Temperate subhumid, hot subhumid and hot and humid. Mean annual temperature 14 -28 °C. Precipitation 700 - 2500 mm.

Fauna: American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus)
Giant manta ray (Manta birostris)
nesting beaches of marine turtles
Dangers: Drainage and canalization of mangroves for shrimp farms, agriculture, and pasture or development, water pollution, introduction of exotic species.
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