Subcuenca del Lago de Yojoa

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Subcuenca del Lago de Yojoa

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  • Area: 
    43,640 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    14°51'N 88°00'W
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Subcuenca del Lago de Yojoa. 05/06/05; Comayagua, Cortés and Santa Bárbara; 43,640 ha; 14°51'N 88°00'W. A lake and surrounding area containing a total of 13 wetland types and unique ecosystems for Honduras, such as evergreen low mountain forest and the highest karst mountain in Central America. Among the most notable species are the endemic salamanders Dendrotriton sanctibarbarus and Nototriton barbouri, as well as the giant anteater Myrmecophaga tridactyla, all of them threatened species. Despite spreading over only 0.37% of the national territory, the site hosts 169 fern species (24.7% national total); 71 aquatic and emergent plants (86.5% national total); and 29 freshwater fish species (32.9% national total). It is also the only site in Honduras where the least bittern (Ixobrychus exilus), the osprey (Pandion haliaetus), the snail kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis), and all kingfishers have been recorded. The introduction of exotic species, deforestation and the advance of the land-and-cattle frontier are some of the most pressing problems in this site. Ramsar site No. 1467. Most recent RIS information: 2005.

Administrative region: 
Comayagua, Cortés, Santa Bárbara

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    • Protected Area
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