Llanganates

Date: July 28-August 05, 2018

Location: Llanganates National Park, Pastaza province, 1352 m a.s.l.

 

The Llanganates NP is part of the Tropical Andes Hotspots and hosts a large number of endemic species of flora and fauna, while the Llanganati lagoons represent an especially important habitat for migratory birds. However, the territory of the Llanganates has been little explored due to the inaccessibility of the area.

 

The expedition at Llanganates NP found great species diversity, including, one species of primates, the red-mantled saddle-back tamarin (Leontocebus lagonotus), the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus), the red brocket (Mazama americana), the collared peccary (Pecari tajacu), the little rufous mouse opossum (Marmosa lepida), an opossum (Didelphis marsupialis), the kinkajou (Potos flavus), in addition to 19 bat species, 15 types of ants (which could be different species), 8 species of spiders, 33 species of amphibians, 18 species of reptiles and 134 species of birds. Considering that this information is preliminary, it is very likely that the numbers of species will increase as NUNA scientists analyze the data collected at the site.

Biodiversity hotspots are areas of very high concentrations of endemic species, and which are experiencing very high rates of habitat loss1. There are currently 35 hotspot areas in the world, which represent only 2.3% of land surface, but host more than 43% of the world’s endemic species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians2.

Source:

1: Myers, N., Mittermeier, R. A., Mittermeier, C. G., da Fonseca, G. A. ., & Kent, J. (2000). Biodiversity hotspots for conservation priorities. Nature, 403(6772), 853–858.

2: Conservation International. (s. f.). Why Hotspots Matter. Recuperado 22 de enero de 2019, de http://www.conservation.org/How/Pages/Hotspots.aspx