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Southeastern mixed forests
Sumter National Forest, South Carolina (c) 2008 Steven J. Baskauf
Source of bioregions data: Olson, D. M. and E. Dinerstein. The Global 200: Priority ecoregions for global conservation. (PDF file) Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 89:125-126.
Distinctiveness (1=highest,4=lowest): 1 (globally
The freshwater ecosystems in this ecoregion are among the richest in the temperate latitudes. The ecoregion is a center of gastropod diversity and is rich in amphibian, reptile, bird and shrub species. It has a high number of endemic reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, and mammals.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 1 (critical)
99% of the habitat has been converted to agriculture or other uses.*
Some associated habitats
* Ricketts, T.H., E. Dinerstein, D.M. Olson, C.J. Loucks, et al. (1999) Terrestrial Ecoregions of North America: A Conservation Assessment. World Wildlife Fund - United States and Canada. Island Press, Washington, D.C. pp. 164-166.