Central Andean Dry Puna
About the Area
Mammals found here include 14 endemics; among these are Possum (Gracilinanus aceramarcae), an Armadillo (Chaetophractus nationi), and Chozchoz (Octodontomys gliroides), the single species of the endemic genus. Wider ranging species include South American fox (Pseudalopex culpaeus), Guanaco (Lama guanicoe), and the Deer (Hippocamelus antisensis).
Conversion of lands to agriculture or for more extensive grazing may be cause for concern in this ecoregion.
307,000 sq. km (119,000 sq. miles)
Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Western South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru