India Western Ghats 2019 – Natuurreis

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The Western Ghats, also known as Sahyadri, are a mountain range that covers an area of 140,000
square kilometres in a stretch of 1,600 kilometres parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula.It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the eight “hottest hot-spots” of biological diversity in the world.
It contains a large proportion of the country’s flora and fauna, many of which are only found in
India and nowhere else in the world.
This area has over 7,402 species of flowering plants, 1,814 species of non-flowering plants, 139 mammal species, 508 bird species, 179 amphibian species, 227 reptile species, 6,000 insects species
and 290 freshwater fish species; it is likely that many undiscovered species live in the Western Ghats.

At least 325 globally threatened species occur in the Western Ghats.