State of Biodiversity: Western Cape Province, South Africa Mammals
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The Western Cape Province (W.C.P.) of South Africa, one of nine provinces forming the country, is generally regarded in South African terms as being “poor” with respect to the number of its mammals when compared to the other eight provinces. This misconception has its origin in the fact that the Western Cape, essentially a winter rainfall region, lies adjacent to one of the richest spots in the world in terms of mammalian diversity, namely the summer rainfall region of the rest of South Africa. In fact only when compared with the rest of our own country can the Western Cape be regarded as having a “poor” mammofauna in terms of biodiversity. However, some of the other Western Cape vertebrate and many of the invertebrate groups do reflect higher levels of biodiversity, as do the plants; and almost all groups show higher levels of endemism. The misconception regarding mammalian diversity in the Western Cape is partially exacerbated by the relatively low biomass mainly due to the low .....
Spatial CoverageWestern Cape Province, South Africa
CitationWestern Cape State of Biodiversity 2000
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