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Mexican Biodiversity

There are more than 170 countries in the World. Out of these 17 alone harbor in between 60 and 70% of the total biodiversity of the planet and also posses a very high number of endemic species.  Such countries earn the privilege to be called megadiverse. Mexico is one of them.
You can find Mexico, together with Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia, on the very top of the list taking up the first place in reptile diversity, second in mammals, fourth in amphibians and vascular plants and tenth in birds. In general terms, it is estimated that more than 10% of all world’s species live in this country. Up to date around 108.000 species of animals and plants have been described in Mexico, and the list keeps growing…

Amphibians – 372 species of frogs, toads and caecilians live in Mexico. About 8 % of world’s diversity.

7.55%

Reptiles -864 species of reptiles live in Mexico. This is almost 10 % of world’s reptilian diversity.

9.76%

Birds – 1,096 species of birds live in Mexico. This is about 12 % of world’s avian diversity.

11.82%

Fish – 2,692 species live in Mexico. This is about 10 % of world’s fish diversity.

9.62%
Megadiverse countries of the world (alphabetic order)

  1.  Australia
  2. Brazil
  3. China
  4. Colombia
  5. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  6. Ecuador
  7. India
  8. Indonesia
  9. Madagascar
  10. Malaysia
  11. Mexico
  12. Papua New Guinea
  13. Peru
  14. Philippines
  15. South Africa
  16. United States
  17. Venezuela

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