Browsing Conservation Science Publications by Subject "BAJA CALIFORNIA"
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Ctenosaura hemilopha. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020The Baja California Spiny-tailed Iguana has a wide distribution in the southern portion of the Baja California peninsula, south of Comondú. They seem to be structured in small and restricted subpopulations, with low but evident migration between them. Their extent of occurrence is 35,960 km 2 . They are most common in the southern Los Cabos region and less abundant in the north. Iguanas have not been recently found in several locations with former records. Iguanas are primarily threatened by habitat destruction and predation by free-roaming domestic cats and dogs near semi-urban areas and the periphery of large cities. Populations in the north may experience fluctuations from severe and cyclic droughts. The overall population trend is unknown and estimated to be fewer than 700,000 adults. This species currently qualifies as Least Concern.
San Basilio: Biodiversidad y Conservación/Biodiversity and ConservationThe bay of San Basilio, Baja California Sur, is immediately remarkable to any visitor for its stunning landscape and heterogeneity of landforms and habitats. This secret corner of the peninsula quietly boasts abundant natural resources and phenomenal biodiversity. The whole bay is alive, above and below the rich lands and waters of this coastal paradise. The marine elements include rocky reefs, and both sandy and rocky shores, which span an ecotone of taxonomic biodiversity. The land-sea fringe is home to mangroves, salt-marshes, dunes and estuaries. The influences of land and sea support the presence of a plethora of coastal species, and further inland a healthy arid scrub complex with seasonal lagoons and permanent freshwater pools is home to several rare and endangered species, and elevated numbers of species in general. The mangroves show the distinct footprint of sea-level rise with areas of die-off towards the coast and areas of new colonization occurring above the current water-line. The biological riches of San Basilio remain threatened. Biodiversity at the coast is certainly impacted by the presence of humans and free-roaming dogs. Tourism on the beaches is putting considerable pressure on the coastal habitats, especially with regard to waste, trash, and mis-use of the beaches. Overfishing, through both industrial harvest and unsustainable take of top predators (e.g., sharks and groupers) is adversely affecting the marine ecosystems. Cattle are reducing the inland terrestrial biodiversity and abundance; more restrictions to cattle entry and the fencing of priority habitats are advised. Through the findings of this report we connect the conservation challenges of marine and terrestrial biodiversity, with recommendations for the long-term conservation of the San Basilio region.