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Revista mexicana de biodiversidad

On-line version ISSN 2007-8706Print version ISSN 1870-3453


SOSA-ESCALANTE, Javier Enrique; PECH-CANCHE, Juan Manuel; MACSWINEY, M. Cristina  and  HERNANDEZ-BETANCOURT, Silvia. Terrestrial mammals of the Yucatán Península, Mexico: richness, endemism and risk. Rev. Mex. Biodiv. [online]. 2013, vol.84, n.3, pp.949-969. ISSN 2007-8706.

In this study we present an analysis of the published literature in 110 years (1900-2010) on terrestrial mammals of the Yucatán Peninsula and the composition of species known to Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo, its endemicity and conservation status. We considered references published in journals, books and book chapters. We created a database that included the author, year, decade, taxa, state, theme and nationality of the author, among others of the revised literature. This work does not include marine species, extinct, introduced, and domestic ones. We identify the endemic species of the region, Mexico and Mesoamerica, and their risk category both at national and international level. We recorded a total of 633 references, most from Yucatán. Bats were the most studied order. The topics mostly studied included the taxonomy and phylogeny and the majority of the scientific production has been produce by foreigners. We documented 123 species in the peninsula, 108 Quintana Roo, 103 Campeche and 100 in Yucatán, 34 endemic and 41 at conservation risk. Information gaps are detected on this group in different disciplines and we identified the need for detailed studies that expand the understanding of this group in the Yucatán Peninsula.

Keywords : mammalogy; Campeche; Quintana Roo; systematic list.

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