Central Chilean BioProvince

This BioProvince (as defined by Armen Takhtajan) comprises all of the lowlands and semi-uplands of Chile from Coquimbo in the north to the Peninsula de Taitao in the south, together with many associated islands and several contiguous parts of Argentina. The geology is complex and varied but the oldest rocks (Palaeozioc) are mostly found in the Coast Range of south-central Chile. The climate here ranges from sub-alpine in the uplands to a Mediterranean-type climate in the coastal lowlands. The flora includes several endemic and near endemic families and a large number of endemic genera and species.

The following accounts for this BioProvince have been written or will be written with particular reference to endemic and locally important species. Accounts available are displayed in green or yellow. Those displayed in red are either in the pipeline or awaiting expert contributions.


Major Ecosystems
Endemic Vascular Flora (Chile)
Bryophyte Flora
Fungus Flora
Lichen Flora
Invertebrate Fauna
Amphibian Fauna
Reptile Fauna
Bird Fauna
Mammal Fauna
Conservation Status