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Unformatted text preview: removed recently. A lot of the islands are deserts, and if you get up high enough you get cloud forests. Woorlands: boggy areas that have lots of mosses. Plants: very few are common to Ecuador. Total in islands, about 522 different species, where as Ecuador has 20,000 species of plants. 40% of the plants are endemic, meaning they evolved in the Galapagos and 190 species have been introduced into the Galapagos. Some plants got there through: 59% birds, 32% wind, 9% sea rafting. Animals: Two big groups 1) reptiles, 22 species. Only place in world with marine lizard, marine iguana. 2) Birds: 19 species of sea birds that are native to islands. There are no amphibians, few mammals on land, rice rats, and 2 species of bats. Most mammals are marine. Galapagos (or Darwin) finches. 13 species of these finches. Woodpecker finch first animal ever described as a tool-user. Main predator on young sea lions is the Galapagos hawk....
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2009 for the course BISC 102Lxg taught by Professor Kiefer,bakus during the Spring '06 term at USC.
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