Tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forests
Though these forests occur in climates that are warm year-round, and may receive several hundred centimeters of rain per year, they have long dry seasons which last several months and vary with geographic location.
These seasonal droughts have great impact on all living things in the forest.
Deciduous trees predominate in most of these forests, and during the drought a leafless period occurs, which varies with species type.
Trees on moister sites and those with access to ground water tend to be evergreen.
Infertile sites also tend to support evergreen trees.
Three tropical dry forest ecoregions, the East Deccan dry evergreen forests, the Sri Lanka dry-zone dry evergreen forests, and the Southeastern Indochina dry evergreen forests, are characterized by evergreen trees.
Though less biologically diverse than rainforests, tropical dry forests are home to a wide variety of wildlife including monkeys, deer, large cats, parrots, various rodents, and ground dwelling birds.
Mammalian biomass tends to be higher in dry forests than in rain forests, especially in Asian and African dry forests.
This biome is alternately known as the tropical bane forest biome or the tropical and subtropical deciduous forest biome.
Dry forests tend to exist in the drier areas north and south of the tropical rainforest belt, south or north of the subtropical deserts, generally in two bands: one between 10° and 20°N latitude and the other between 10° and 20°S latitude.
Madagascar dry deciduous forests and New Caledonia dry forests are also highly distinctive (pronounced endemism and a large number of relictual taxa) for a wide range of taxa and at higher taxonomic levels.
Trees use underground water during the dry seasons.
Biodiversity patterns and requirements
Species tend to have wider ranges than moist forest species, although in some regions many species do display highly restricted ranges; most dry forest species are restricted to tropical dry forests, particularly in plants; beta diversity and alpha diversity high but typically lower than adjacent moist forests.
Effective conservation of dry broadleaf forests requires the preservation of large and continuous areas of forest.
The persistence of riparian forests and water sources is critical for many dry forest species.
Large swathes of intact forest are required to allow species to recover from occasional large events, like forest fires.
Dry forests are highly sensitive to excessive burning and deforestation; overgrazing and exotic species can also quickly alter natural communities; restoration is possible but challenging, particularly if degradation has been intense and persistent.
- Central Deccan Plateau dry deciduous forests
- Central Indochina dry forests
- Chota Nagpur Plateau
- East Deccan dry evergreen forests
- Irrawaddy dry forests
- Khathiar-Gir dry deciduous forests
- Narmada Valley dry deciduous forests
- Northern dry deciduous forests
- South Deccan Plateau dry deciduous forests
- Southeastern Indochina dry evergreen forests
- Southern Vietnam lowland dry forests
- Sri Lanka dry-zone dry evergreen forests
- Apure-Villavicencio dry forests
- Atlantic dry forests
- Bahamian dry forests
- Bajío dry forests
- Balsas dry forests
- Bolivian montane dry forests
- Cayman Islands dry forests
- Central American dry forests
- Chiapas Depression dry forests
- Chiquitano dry forests
- Cuban dry forests
- Ecuadorian dry forests
- Hispaniolan dry forests
- Jalisco dry forests
- Jamaican dry forests
- Lara-Falcón dry forests
- Leeward Islands dry forests
- Magdalena Valley dry forests
- Maracaibo dry forests
- Marañón dry forests
- Panamanian dry forests
- Patía Valley dry forests
- Puerto Rican dry forests
- Revillagigedo Islands dry forests
- Sierra de la Laguna dry forests
- Sinaloan dry forests
- Sinú Valley dry forests
- Southern Pacific dry forests
- Trinidad and Tobago dry forests
- Tumbes-Piura dry forests
- Veracruz dry forests
- Windward Islands dry forests
- Yucatán dry forests
- Marianas tropical dry forests
- Yap tropical dry forests
- Hawaiian tropical dry forests
- Fiji tropical dry forests
- Sumba deciduous forests
- Lesser Sundas deciduous forests
- New Caledonia dry forests
- Timor and Wetar deciduous forests
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