The Jalisco Dry Forests are home to more than 750 species of plants, 70 mammal species and 27 species of termites.
Balsas dry forests is a special region for 2 rarely seen bats: the California myotis
and the long-legged myotis
. At least 24 of the 60 known species of Bursera trees grow here.
Selected species include the red-knee tarantula spider (Brachypelma smithi
), orange-breasted bunting
), white-throated magpie jay (Calocitta formosa
), and the West Mexican chachalaca (Ortalis poliocephala
). Harder to find, but also present in these forests, are several kinds of wild cats, including pumas and jaguars
. A great diversity of spiders has been recorded in the dry forests of coastal Guerrero - at least 311 species have been identified so far.
Sinaloan dry forests are classified among the endemic bird areas of the world because of the high number of birds that live only here. One turkey-like bird is named after the sound it makes - chachalaca
The dry forests of Sierra de la Laguna are home to some 224 species of plants, half the reptiles and amphibians in the entire Cape Region, and 96% of the region's mammals.