SO, once upon a time, before there was SO much information on Wikipedia (such as pages that list all the mammal species of most countries), before Mammalwatching.com was so comprehensive, and before Borders went bankrupt, I used to obtain information about potentinally observable species on my Latin American escapades via Natureserve.org/infonatura. (It’s down sometimes, so if you try to go there and you get an error message it’s not because the world ended or because you typed the wrong address).
Well, if you have time to explore this website, I think it’s actually pretty interesting for mammals, birds and amphibians! I don’t know who took the time to draw these maps for so many species, or exactly how accurate they are, but it looks like someone definiteliy put in the time and effort into the research.
I’ll cut through some explanation, but a long time ago I was looking at a species richness map for primates, just out of curiousity, and the following map resulted:
So I was wondering: I have never heard of a place where 21-24 species of primates co-exist.. Is there really such a place?
I recall Kibale Forest in Uganda claiming the highest number of primate species in one place (13, including chimpanzees and I think gorillas) but I can’t find that claim anywhere anymore, and I also recall Manu Wildlife Center in Peru claiming 13 species, but now that I’m looking again they only have 12 listed (they removed the “brown” or “tufted” capuchin from their list… why? I saw it inside the park, not too far from there.) Anyway, I was just wondering if this is accurate and if there are really 24, 21, or even 17-20 species coexisting in one place somewhere over there in the Amazon.
I realize this is a random topic and I’m not expecting a ton of replies (if any) but I figured I’d throw it on here because I remember pondering about this 5-7 years ago. For comparison, their “species richness” maps for some other classes were pretty accurate, like the obvious one for Perissodactyla (only present in the form of 3 tapir species throughout the Neotropics).
Ok, I hope I bored you enough for one day.