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Animal Diversity and Biogeography of the Cuatro Ciénegas Basin

  • Fernando Álvarez
  • Margarita Ojeda
  • All chapters were written by a group of experts who have directly worked in the Cuatro Ciénegas Valley.

  • Presents an updated account of the animal diversity found in the Cuatro Ciénegas Valley.

  • The high levels of endemism, biogeographic affinities, and main ecological roles of the studied groups of animals are discussed.

  • Close to 1,000 species are recorded, including new species, new records and exotic species.

  • The conservation status of all the major groups of animals is analyzed.


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Pablo Corcuera, María Luisa Jiménez, Marco Antonio Desales-Lara
    Pages 61-75
  3. Fernando Álvarez, José Luis Villalobos
    Pages 77-90
  4. Jessica Hernández-Jerónimo, Uri Omar García-Vázquez, Omar Ávalos-Hernández, Arturo Arellano-Covarrubias, Moisés Armando Luis-Martínez, Marysol Trujano-Ortega
    Pages 91-104
  5. Omar Ávalos-Hernández, Marysol Trujano-Ortega, Uri Omar García-Vázquez, Olivia Yánez-Ordóñez
    Pages 105-116
  6. Héctor Ortega-Salas, Enrique González-Soriano
    Pages 117-128
  7. Milan Janda, Madai Rosas-Mejía, Pablo Corcuera, Mario Josué Aguilar-Méndez, Miguel Vásquez-Bolaños, Yuliza Tafoya-Alvarado
    Pages 129-145
  8. Héctor Espinosa-Pérez, Christian Lambarri-Martínez
    Pages 161-173
  9. Uri Omar García-Vázquez, Marysol Trujano-Ortega, Arturo Contreras-Arquieta, Omar Ávalos-Hernández, Omar Osvaldo Escobedo-Correa, Pablo Corcuera
    Pages 175-188
  10. Pablo Corcuera, Adolfo Navarro-Sigüenza, Omar Suárez-García
    Pages 189-201
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 225-231

About this book


This volume investigates the contemporary fauna that inhabit the Cuatro Ciénegas Basin. Divided into 15 chapters, it addresses and describes their diversity, taxonomic and biogeogaphic affinities, and ecological characteristics.  

The Cuatro Ciénegas Valley is a unique oasis in the south-central region of the State of Coahuila, part of the Sonoran Desert, in Mexico. Several clues, specially derived from the study of the microbiota, suggest a very ancient origin of the valley and its permanence through time. This condition had promoted a high level of endemism and led to unique interactions between the resident species. 


Desert Fauna Desert Biogeography Freshwater Introduced Fishes Desert Endemism Ecological networks

Editors and affiliations

  • Fernando Álvarez
    • 1
  • Margarita Ojeda
    • 2
  1. 1.Colección Nacional de CrustáceosInstituto de Biologia Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Colección Nacional de CrustáceosInstituto de Biología Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico CityMexico

About the editors

Fernando Alvarez obtained his B.Sc. degree in Biology from the School of Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. He subsequently completed his MSc degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and his PhD at the University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland, USA. In 1993 he was hired by the Institute of Biology, UNAM, where he is now a full Professor and became Curator of Crustacea. He has published 121 papers on the biology of Crustacea, mainly in systematics, ecology and evolution; he has written 29 book chapters and 8 books. He is currently Editor in Chief of Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad, has been awarded level III in the National Researchers System of Mexico (SNI) and is a regular member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences.

Margarita Ojeda received her BSc degree in Biology from the School of Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City in 1983, and then her MSc degree and PhD from the same university in 1990. She has published papers describing species of oribatid mites from Mexico, and on different topics such as the ecology and the role of the soil fauna. Since 2013, she has been an associated researcher at the National Acarology Collection of the Biology Institute at UNAM, and collaborates in different activities and projects concerning several groups of mites.

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