Geographical ecology of South American desert small mammals: consequences of observations at local and regional scales

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Five major drylands in South American display very low levels of faunal similarity. The remarkable consistency of faunal structure, however, suggests that it may be possible to extend earlier conclusions based only on the mammal fauna of the Altiplano and the Atacama Desert to all of South America’s arid lands.

Keywords: South America; biogeography; cross-scale patterns; desert small mammals; elevational gradient; latitudinal gradient; neotropics; spatial scale; species–area relations

Document Type: Correspondence


Affiliations: 1: Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 USA. Email:, Email: 2: Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Departamento de Ecología, Universidad Católica de Chile, Casilla 114-D, Santiago, Chile. Email:, Email: 3: Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 USA. Email:, Email:

Publication date: June 1, 2000

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