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neotropics

(nē″ō-trop′iks) [ neo- + tropics]
That portion of the Western hemisphere that extends between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. It includes southern Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, and parts of South America. Its unique climate and geography favor the growth of a variety of animals, plants, and microbial species not found in more temperate regions. Living in or traveling to the neotropics predisposes people from other geographic areas to a wide variety of illnesses, e.g., parasitic diseases, not normally found farther north or south.
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In addition, world authorities have extensively studied the material gathered, making it the best understood family in the Neotropics (Gauld et al.
As the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment project showed (MEA 2003) food, fibre, pharmaceuticals, climate regulation, water purification--all these services are provided by a complex network of species, populations, communities and ecosystems in the neotropics.
According to Mound (2002), the majority of thrips studies in the neotropics have been limited to insecticide trials or taxonomic studies.
The aim of this work is to show the distribution of the free-living freshwater Cyclopoida group and its diversity in the neotropics, including South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
The theme of this year's volume is human-animal interaction and human exceptionalism, with six essays on such aspects as humans and animals in northern regions, primate positional behavior development and evolution, and the monkeying of the Americas: primate biogeography in the Neotropics.
This feeding diversification observed in the Neotropics is believed to have occurred during the extinction of large mammals in the late Pleistocene (Halffter, 1991; Larsen, Lopera, & Forsyth, 2006).
2001): Afrotropics, Palearctic, Indomalaya, Australasia, Oceania, Nearctic, and Neotropics.
It arose as an initiative of SAREM but has had research on the mammals of the Neotropics as a focus since its inception, as appropriately reflected in its name.
Approximately 400 species are described for the Neotropics, among which is observed a pronounced polymorphism and very often omnivory.