Tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublands

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Tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublands are a biome, generally located at subtropical and tropical latitudes.

It is characterized by

  • water: semi-arid
  • temperature: cool and dry season, warm and dry season, hot and rainy season
  • soil: fertile
  • plants: grass, infrequent clumps of deciduous trees
  • animals: many mammals, birds, insects…

African Savannah Where: Savannas occur between forest or woodland regions and grassland regions. Climate: Varies but average 27°C with peaks of 30°C in April and October and between 50 and 150 centimetres of rain per year.

Flora + Fauna:

  • Acacia (Tree)
 *Loses leaves in dry season to conserve moisture
 *Leafy canopy in rainy season (flattened by winds)
  • Baobab (Tree)
 *Stores water in trunk
 *Thick bark to protect it from fires in dry season
 *Long Tap roots to reach underground moisture
 *Few leaves to reduce water loss through transpiration
  • Grass
 *Grow Quickly to 3 or 4 meters in clumps
 *Shoots die in dry season leaving only roots
*Low Shrubs
 *Drought resistant
 *Small
 *Thorns not leaves

(Tom Anderson)

See also: tropical savanna

Tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublands ecoregions

Afrotropic ecozone

Angolan Miombo woodlands (Angola)
Angolan Mopane woodlands (Angola, Namibia)
Ascension scrub and grasslands (Ascension Island)
Central Zambezian Miombo woodlands (Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia)
East Sudanian savanna (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda)
Eastern Miombo woodlands (Mozambique, Tanzania)
Guinean forest-savanna mosaic (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo)
Itigi-Sumbu thicket (Tanzania, Zambia)
Kalahari Acacia-Baikiaea woodlands (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe)
Mandara Plateau mosaic (Cameroon, Nigeria)
Northern Acacia-Commiphora bushlands and thickets (Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda)
Northern Congolian forest-savanna mosaic (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Uganda)
Sahelian Acacia savanna (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan)
Serengeti volcanic grasslands (Tanzania)
Somali Acacia-Commiphora bushlands and thickets (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan)
Southern Acacia-Commiphora bushlands and thickets (Kenya, Tanzania)
Southern Africa bushveld (Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe)
Southern Congolian forest-savanna mosaic (Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Southern Miombo woodlands (Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Saint Helena scrub and woodlands (Saint Helena)
Victoria Basin forest-savanna mosaic (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda)
West Sudanian savanna (Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal)
Western Congolian forest-savanna mosaic (Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo)
Western Zambezian grasslands (Angola, Zambia)
Zambezian and Mopane woodlands (Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
Zambezian Baikiaea woodlands (Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe)

Australasia ecozone

Arnhem Land tropical savanna (Australia)
Brigalow tropical savanna (Australia)
Cape York tropical savanna (Australia)
Carpentaria tropical savanna (Australia)
Einasleigh upland savanna (Australia)
Kimberly tropical savanna (Australia)
Mitchell grass downs (Australia)
Trans Fly savanna and grasslands (Indonesia, Papua New Guinea)
Victoria Plains tropical savanna (Australia)

Indomalaya ecozone

Terai-Duar savanna and grasslands (Bhutan, India, Nepal)

Nearctic ecozone

Western Gulf coastal grasslands (Mexico, United States)

Neotropic ecozone

Arid Chaco (Argentina)
Beni savanna (Bolivia)
Campos Rupestres montane savanna (Brazil)
Cerrado woodlands and savannas (Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay)
Clipperton Island shrub and grasslands (Clipperton Island is an overseas territory of France)
Córdoba montane savanna (Argentina)
Guyanan savanna (Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela)
Humid Chaco (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay)
Llanos (Colombia, Venezuela)
Uruguayan savanna (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay)

Oceania ecozone

Hawaii tropical high shrublands (Hawaii)
Hawaii tropical low shrublands (Hawaii)
Northwestern Hawaii scrub (Hawaii)


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