Seasonally flooded Coquinal: typifying a particular plant association in the northern Yucatan peninsula, Mexico

keywords: diversity, dry forest, endemic flora, flooded environments, Yucatan

Abstract

Background: One of the most diverse and threatened plant associations in the Yucatan peninsula has not been characterized and therefore not included in any protection category in Mexico. We characterize and describe this plant association, which is rapidly disappearing or being irreversibly transformed as a result of anthropic activities. We propose a name and attempt a preliminary assessment of its taxonomic richness, and the identification of priority species to be preserved.

Questions: What is the species richness and plant endemism associated within this plant association? What are the ecologically important and high-priority species for conservation? How is it different from associated or similar plant associations?

Studied species: Vascular plants.

Study site and dates: Northern Yucatan peninsula; 2021-2023.

Methods: The plant association was characterized, and quantitative parameters were recorded. The Importance Value Index was estimated to assess its local ecological importance, and each species was assigned a conservation category in order to evaluate the conservation status in a global context.

Results: We propose Seasonally flooded Coquinal (SFC) as a name for this plant association based on geomorphological, physiognomic, and structural attributes. A total of 206 species were recorded, which two are endemic to the SFC and 28 to the Yucatan Peninsula Biotic Province (YPBP). Twelve species are listed under a risk category.

Conclusions: The SFC harbors a high plant diversity of endemic species to the YPBP, 12 of which are included in the IUCN red list, for which its typification and conservation should be a high priority in Mexico.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.
Seasonally flooded Coquinal: typifying a particular plant association in the northern Yucatan peninsula, Mexico

References

Aguilar-Canché M, Duno R, Angulo DF. 2022. La diversidad funcional en el calichal yucateco: una estrategia que permite entender su riqueza desde una perspectiva ecológica. Desde el Herbario CICY 14: 234-240.

Ahmed MJ, Murtaza G, Shaheen H, Habib T. 2020. Distribution pattern and associated flora of Jurinea dolomiaea in the western Himalayan highlands of Kashmir: an indicator endemic plant of alpine phytodiversity. Ecological Indicator 116: 106461. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.106461

Angulo DF, Tun-Garrido J, Arceo-Gómez G, Munguía-Rosas MA, Parra-Tabla V. 2018. Patterns of phylogenetic community structure of sand dune plant communities in the Yucatan peninsula: the role of deterministic and stochastic processes in community assembly. Plant Ecology and Diversity 11: 515-526. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/17550874.2018.1534289

APG IV [Angiosperm Phylogeny Group], Chase MW, Christenhusz MJM, Fay MF, Byng JW, Judd WS, Soltis DE, Mabberley DJ, Sennikov AN, Soltis PS, Stevens PF. 2016. An update of the angiosperm phylogeny group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG IV. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 181: 1-20. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/boj.12385

Balke T, Herman PMJ, Bouma TJ. 2014. Critical transitions in disturbance-driven ecosystems: identifying Windows of Opportunity for recovery. Journal of Ecology 102: 700-708. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12241

Barragán JM, de Andrés M. 2015. Analysis and trends of the world’s coastal cities and agglomerations. Ocean and Coastal Management 114: 11-20. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.06.004

Bautista-Zúñiga F. 2010. El Suelo. In: Durán R, Méndez M, eds. Biodiversidad y Desarrollo Humano en Yucatán. México: Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán A.C., Programa pequeñas donaciones-Fondo Mundial para el Medio Ambiente, Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, Secretaría de Desarrollo Urbano y Medio Ambiente, pp. 14-16. ISBN: 978-607-7823-08-7

Beard JS. 1944. Climax vegetation in tropical America. Ecology 25: 127-158. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/1930688

Beard JS. 1955. The classification of tropical American vegetation-types. Ecology 36: 89-100. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/1931434

Becerra JX. 2005. Timing the origin and expansion of the Mexican tropical dry forest. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 102: 10919-10923. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0409127102

Boose ER, Foster DR, Plotkin AB, Hall B. 2003. Geographical and historical variation in hurricanes across the Yucatan Peninsula. In: Gómez-Pompa A, Allen MF, Fedick S, Jiménez-Osornio JJ, eds. Lowland Maya Area: Three Millennia at the Human-Wild- Land Interface. New York USA: Haworth Press, pp. 495-516. ISBN: 1-56022-971-3

Carnevali G, Tapia-Muñoz JL. 2017. El redescubrimiento de Mammillaria columbiana ssp. yucatanensis en Yucatán, II: no estaba extinta, estaba escondida. Desde el Herbario CICY 9: 23-27.

Carnevali G, Tapia-Muñoz JL, Duno R, Ramírez-Morillo IM. 2010. Flora Ilustrada de la Península de Yucatán: Listado Florístico. Mérida, México: Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, AC. ISBN: 978-607-7823-07-0

Carnevali G, Ramírez-Morillo I, Pérez-Sarabia JE, Tapia-Muñoz JL, Estrada H, Cetzal-Ix W, Hernández-Aguilar S, Can LL, Raigoza NE, Duno R, Romero-González GA. 2021. Assessing the risk of extinction of vascular plants endemic to the Yucatan peninsula biotic province by means of distributional data. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 106: 424-457. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3417/2021661

Challenger A, Soberón J. 2008. Los ecosistemas terrestres. In: Soberón J, Halfter G, Llorente-Bousquets J, eds. Capital natural de México: Conocimiento Actual de la Biodiversidad. Volumen I. México: Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, pp. 87-108. ISBN: 978-607-7607-03-8

Corenblit D, Baas A, Balke T, Bouma TJ, Fromard F, Garófano-Gómez V, González E, Gurnell AM, Hortobágyi B, Julien F, Kim D, Lambs L, Stallins JA, Steiger J, Tabacchi E, Walcker R. 2015. Engineer pioneer plants respond to and affect geomorphic constraints similarly along water-terrestrial interfaces world-wide. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24: 1363-1376. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.12373

Curtis JT, McIntosh RP. 1950. The interrelations of certain analytic and synthetic phytosociological characters. Ecology 31: 434-455. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/1931497

Curtis JT, McIntosh RP. 1951. An upland forest continuum in the pariré-forest border region of Wisconsin. Ecology 32: 476-496. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/1931725

Dhar U, Rawat RS, Uprety J. 2000. Setting Priorities for Conservation of Medicinal Plants- A Case Study in the Indian Himalaya. Biological Conservation 95: 57-65. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0006-3207(00)00010-0

Do TV, Sato T, Saito S, Kozana O, Yamagawa H, Nagamatsu D, Nishimura N, Manabe T. 2015. Effects of micro-topographies on stand structure and tree species diversity in an old-growth evergreen broad-leaved forest, south- western Japan. Global Ecology and Conservation 4: 185-196. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2015.06.010

Duch-Gary J. 1991. Fisiografía del Estado de Yucatán: su relación con la agricultura. México: Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, pp. 33-45. ISBN: 968-884-134-X

Duno R. 2017. El caliche yucateco, una vegetación compleja que falta por estudiar y definir. Desde el Herbario CICY 9: 231-235.

Duno R, Ramírez-Morillo IM, Tapia-Muñoz JL, Hernández-Aguilar S, Can LL, Cetzal-Ix W, Méndez-Jiménez N, Zamora-Crescencio P, Gutiérrez-Báez C, Carnevali G. 2018. Aspectos generales de la flora vascular de la Península de Yucatán Mexicana. Botanical Sciences 96: 515-532. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17129/botsci.1868

Elliott LR, White MP, Grellier J, Garrett JK, Cirach M, Wheeler BW, Bratman GN, van den Bosch MA, Ojala A, Roiko A, Lima ML, O`Connor A, Gascon M, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Fleming LE. 2020. Research Note: Residential distance and recreational visits to coastal and inland blue spaces in eighteen countries. Landscape and Urban Planning 198: 103800. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2020.103800

Espejel I. 1984. La vegetación de las dunas costeras de la Península de Yucatán. I. Análisis florístico del estado de Yucatán. Biótica 9: 183-210.

Faber-Langendoen D, Keeler-Wolf T, Meidinger D, Tart D, Hoagland B, Josse C, Navarro G, Ponomarenko S, Saucier J, Weakley A, Comer P. 2014. EcoVeg: a new approach to vegetation description and classification. Ecological Monographs 84: 533-561. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1890/13-2334.1

Flores JS, Espejel I. 1994. Tipos de vegetación de la Península de Yucatán. Etnoflora Yucatanense 3. México: Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, pp. 135. ISBN: 968-6843-44-2

Gagnon E, Bruneau A, Hughes CE, De Queiroz LP, Lewis GP. 2016. A new generic system for the pantropical Caesalpinia group (Leguminosae). PhytoKeys 71: 1-160. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.71.9203

García E. 1998. Climas de la República Mexicana (clasificación de Köppen, modificado por García). Escala 1: 000 000. México: Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad. http://www.conabio.gob.mx/informacion/gis/ (Accessed July 10, 2023).

Gómez-Pompa A. 1965. La vegetación de México. Botanical Sciences 29: 76-120. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17129/botsci.1090

González-Medrano F. 2003. Las comunidades vegetales de México: propuesta para la unificación de la clasificación y nomenclatura de la vegetación de México. DF, México: Instituto Nacional de Ecología-Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales. ISBN: 968-817-611-7

Guèze M, Luz AC, Paneque-Gálvez J, Macía MJ, Orta-Martínez M, Pino J, Reyes-García V. 2014. Are ecologically important tree species the most useful? a case study from indigenous people in the Bolivian Amazon. Economic Botany 68: 1-15. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12231-014-9257-8

Holdridge LR. 1967. Life Zone Ecology. San José, Costa Rica: Tropical Science Center.

Hughes CE, Ringelberg JJ, Lewis GP, Catalano SA. 2022. Disintegration of the genus Prosopis L. (Leguminosae, Caesalpinioideae, mimosoid clade. PhytoKeys 205: 147-189. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3897/phytokeys.205.75379

Ibarra-Manríquez G, Martínez-Ramos M. 2002. Landscape variation of liana communities in a Neotropical rain forest. Plant Ecology 160: 91-112. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1015839400578

Ibarra-Manríquez G, González-Espinosa M, Martínez-Ramos M, Meave J. 2022. From vegetation ecology to vegetation science: current trends and perspectives. Botanical Sciences 100: S137-S174. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17129/botsci.3171

Islebe GA, Calmé S, León Cortés J, Schmook B. 2015. Biodiversity and conservation of the Yucatan Peninsula. Springer International Publishing AG Switzerland. ISBN: 978-3-319-06528-1

Islebe GA, Torrescano-Valle N, Aragón-Moreno AA, Vela-Peláez AA, Valdez-Hernández M. 2018. The Paleoanthropocene of the Yucatán Peninsula: palynological evidence of environmental change. Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana 70: 49-60. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18268/bsgm2018v70n1a3

IUCN [International Union for Conservation of Nature] 2021. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2020-2. https://www.iucnredlist.org (accessed July 28, 2023).

Janzen DH. 1988. Tropical dry forests, the most endangered major tropical ecosystem. In: Wilson EO, Peter FM, eds. Biodiversity. Washington, EUA, National Academic Press. pp. 130-137. ISBN: 0-309-03783-2

Koleff P, Tambutti M, March I, Esquivel R, Cantú C, Lira-Noriega A. 2009. Identificación de prioridades y análisis de vacíos y omisiones en la conservación de la biodiversidad de México. In: Sarukhán J. ed. Capital natural de México, vol. II: Estado de conservación y tendencias de cambio. DF, México: Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, pp. 651-718. ISBN: 978-607-7607-08-3

Lundell CL. 1938. The 1938 botanical expedition to Yucatan and Quintana Roo, Mexico. Carnegie Institution of Washington Year Book.

Méndez-Toribio M, Meave JA, Zermeño-Hernández I, Ibarra-Manríquez G. 2016. Effects of slope aspect and topographic position on environmental variables, disturbance regime and tree community attributes in a seasonal tropical dry forest. Journal of Vegetation Science 27: 1094-1103. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.12455

Mesa-Sierra N, de la Peña-Domene M, Campo J, Giardina CP. 2022. Restoring Mexican Tropical Dry Forests: A National Review. Sustainability 14: 3937. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su14073937

Miles L, Newton A, Defries R, Ravilious C, May I, Blyth S, Kapos V, Gordon J. 2006. A global overview of the conservation status of tropical dry forests. Journal of Biogeography 33: 491-505. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2699.2005.01424.x

Miranda F. 1958. Rasgos fisiográficos de interés para estudios botánicos. In: Beltrán E, ed. Los Recursos Naturales del Sureste y su Aprovechamiento II. DF, México: Instituto Mexicano Recursos Naturales Renovables, pp. 215-271.

Miranda F, Hernández-XE. 1963. Los tipos de vegetación de México y su clasificación. Botanical Sciences 28: 29-179. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17129/botsci.1084

Miranda-Huerta A. 2005. Carta geológico-minera Tizimín F16-7, escala 1:250000: Estado de Yucatán. Yucatán, México: Servicio Geológico Mexicano. https://mapserver.sgm.gob.mx/InformesTecnicos/CartografiaWeb/T312005MIHA0001_01.PDF (accessed August 13, 2023).

Orellana R, Balam M, Bañuelos I. 1999. Evaluación climática. In: García FA, Córdoba OJ, Chico PLP, eds. Atlas de Procesos Territoriales de Yucatán. Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, México, pp: 163-182. ISBN: 9687-5569-27

Pennington RT, Lehmann CER, Rowland LM. 2018. Tropical savannas and dry forests. Current Biology 28: R541-R545. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2018.03.014

Pérez-García EA, Meave JA. 2005. Heterogeneity of xerophytic vegetation of limestone outcrops in a tropical deciduous forest region in southern México. Plant Ecology 175: 147-163. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11258-005-4841-8

Pérez-García EA, Sevilha AC, Meave JA, Scariot A. 2009. Floristic differentiation in limestone outcrops of southern Mexico and central Brazil: a beta diversity approach. Botanical Sciences 84: 45-58. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17129/botsci.2294

Pérez-Sarabia JE, Duno R, Carnevali G, Ramírez-Morillo I, Méndez-Jiménez N, Zamora-Crescencio P, Gutiérrez-Báez C, Cetzal-Ix W. 2017. El conocimiento florístico de la península de Yucatán, México. Polibotánica 44: 39-49.DOI: https://doi.org/10.18387/polibotanica.44.3

Rabinowitz D. 1981. Seven forms of rarity. In: Synge H, ed. The biological aspects of rare plant conservation. England: John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, pp 205-217. ISBN: ‎0471-2800-46

Ramírez-Morillo IM. 2019. La flora de la Península de Yucatán: ¿diversa? ¿bien conocida? ¿protegida? No, no y ¿no? Desde el Herbario CICY 11: 130-137.

Reyes-Palomeque G, Dupuy JM, Portillo-Quintero CA, Andrade JL, Tun-Dzul FJ, Hernández-Stefanoni JL. 2021. Mapping forest age and characterizing vegetation structure and species composition in tropical dry forests. Ecological Indicators 120: 106955. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.106955

Rzedowski J. 1978. Vegetación de México. DF, México: Editorial Limusa. ISBN: ‎ 9681-8000-28

Sánchez-Reyes UJ, Niño-Maldonado S, Barrientos-Lozano L. Treviño-Carreón J, Meléndez-Jaramillo E, Sandoval-Becerra FM, Jones RW. 2021. Structural changes of vegetation and its association with microclimate in a successional gradient of low thorn forest in northeastern Mexico. Plant Ecology 222: 65-80. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11258-020-01088-z

Shen JW, Long JP, Pedoja K, Yang HQ, Xu HL, Sun JL. 2013. Holocene coquina beachrock from Haishan Island, east coast of Guangdong Province, China. Quaternary International 310: 199-212. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2013.05.011

Simpson MG. 2006. Plant Systematics. Burlington, San Diego & London. Elsevier Academic Press. ISBN: 0-12-644460-9

SMN-CONAGUA [Servicio Meteorológico Nacional-Comisión Nacional del Agua] . 2022. Precipitación y temperatura de Yucatán. México. www.smn.conagua.gob.mx (accessed July 19, 2023).

Tadele D, Lulekal E, Damtie D, Assefa A. 2014. Floristic diversity and regeneration status of woody plants in Zengena Forest, a remnant montane forest patch in northwestern Ethiopia. Journal of Forestry Research 25: 329-336. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11676-013-0420-3

Thiers B. 2023. Index Herbariorum. Part I: The herbaria of the world. New York Botanical Garden. https://www.sweetgum.nybg.org/ih (accessed September 25, 2023).

Torres W, Méndez M, Dorantes A, Durán R. 2010. Estructura, composición y diversidad del matorral de duna costera en el litoral yucateco. Botanical Sciences 86: 37-51. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17129/botsci.2319

Velázquez A, Medina C, Durán E, Amador A, Gopar LF. 2016. Standardized Hierarchical Vegetation Classification - Mexican and Global Patterns. Berlin: Springer Verlag. ISBN: 3030317196

Viles HA, Coombes MA. 2022. Biogeomorphology in the Anthropocene: A hierarchical, traits-based approach. Geomorphology 417: 108446. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2022.108446

Published
2024-03-20
How to Cite
Duno de Stefano, R., Aguilar-Canché, M., Carnevali Fernández-ConchaG., Ramírez-MorilloI., Tapia-MuñozJ. L., Reyes-Palomeque, G., & Angulo, D. F. (2024). Seasonally flooded Coquinal: typifying a particular plant association in the northern Yucatan peninsula, Mexico. Botanical Sciences, 102(2), 513-533. https://doi.org/10.17129/botsci.3388
Section
TAXONOMY AND FLORISTICS / TAXONOMÍA Y FLORÍSTICA