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Edwards Plateau savanna  (WWF ecoregion NA0806)   WWF Wildfinder home

hills near Kerrville, Texas
hills near Kerrville, Texas


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): 2 (regionally outstanding)
The underlying bedrock supports limestone specialists including huge aggregations of bats.  It also is an important habitat for birds and reptiles.*

Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most intact): 1 (critical)
Two percent of habitat is still intact.  Fire suppression, urbanization, overgrazing, and logging have contributed to exosystem degradation.*

Characteristic species*
 
Juniperus spp. (junipers)
Quercus spp. (oaks)
Prosopis spp. (mesquites)
Acacia spp. (acacias)
Tadarida brasiliensis (Mexican free-tailed bat)

Some views from the ecoregion

Shrubland, near Comfort, Texas

Shrubland, near Comfort, Texas
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Hilltop, near Kerrville, Texas

Oak, pine, and juniper vegetation Junipers on shallow limestone soil
(left) Oak, pine, and juniper vegetation. (right) Junipers growing on shallow limestone soil. hires hires

Limestone hills, near Ingram, Texas

This roadcut shows the limestone underlying the hills. A thin layer of soil covers the limestone bedrock. Junipers are shrubs that typically grow on shallow soils in karst formations.
(left) This roadcut shows the limestone underlying the hills. (center) A thin layer of soil covers the limestone bedrock. (right) Junipers are shrubs that typically grow on shallow soils in karst formations. hires hires hires

* 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. 258-260.

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