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Biodiversity hotspots identify conservation priorities

* Tropical Andes
* Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena (Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru)
* Atlantic Forest (Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina)
* Cerrado (Brazil)
* Chilean Winter Rainfall-Valdivian Forests
* Mesoamerica (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico)
* Caribbean Islands
* California Floristic Province
* Madrean Pine-Oak Woodlands (Mexico, U.S.) (NEW)

AFRICA:

* Guinean Forests of West Africa
* Cape Floristic Region (South Africa)
* Succulent Karoo (South Africa, Namibia)
* Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands
* Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa
* Eastern Afromontane (NEWLY DISTINCT AND SIGNIFICANTLY EXPANDED)
* Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany (South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique) (NEW)
* Horn of Africa (NEW)

EUROPE AND AFRICA:

* Mediterranean Basin

ASIA:

* Caucasus
* Western Ghats and Sri Lanka (India, Sri Lanka)
* Mountains of Southwest China
* Sundaland (Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei)
* Wallacea (Indonesia)
* Philippines
* Himalaya (NEWLY DISTINCT)
* Indo-Burma
* Irano-Anatolian (NEW)
* Mountains of Central Asia (NEW)
* Japan (NEW)

OCEANIA:

* Southwest Australia
* New Caledonia
* New Zealand
* Polynesia-Micronesia (includes Hawaii)
* East Melanesian Islands (NEW)

The threats to the hotspots include: habitat destruction; invasive species; direct human exploitation of species for food, medicine, and the pet trade; and climate change, which magnifies the effects of habitat destruction and fragmentation.

The latest analysis offers mixed news about existing hotspots. On one hand, some hotspots have deteriorated significantly: a notable example is Southeast Asia's Sun
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Source:Conservation International


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