Puerto Vallarta, an exotic place, boasts of a combination of multiple life forms.

By Jaime Alberto Torres Guerrero

Biologist, specializing in the management and conservation of natural resources. State environmental expert and currently Director of the El Salado Estuary from Puerto Vallarta.
We will talk about the diversity of ecosystems of Mexico, Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay in this article.
Biodiversity refers to the wide variety of living creatures on Earth, as a result of millions of years of evolution.



Biodiversity in Mexico and Jalisco
Previously, we talked about the great variety of mountain formations, coastal plains, areas with cliffs, as well as countless rivers and streams that make up the country. We also mentioned both the wind and ocean water currents, predominant in the American continent, which strongly affect Mexico. Our country has a series of these ecosystems, classified as land, marine and hydrological priority regions.
They are named thus because of the urgency to protect and conserve them, due to the considerable presence of ecosystems, plants and animals.
Mexico has 26,445 registered species of plants and 49,404 species of animals. The state of Jalisco alone has 7,027 plant species and 4,115 animal ones; that is to say it is the fourth state, in terms of diversity, in Mexico.
Biodiversity is a reason that gives sustenance to the exuberance of our region.


Biodiversity in Puerto Vallarta
The “El Salado” estuary is a protected site, as it is an area which is fundamental for the nesting, raising and shelter of birds, commercial fish such as sea bass and sea bream or crustaceans like shrimp, crabs and crayfish.
Occupying a 169 hectare area, it has 830 registered species up to now, which represents 7.5% of species in the state of Jalisco.
When you visit Puerto Vallarta and the region of the Bay of Banderas, do not miss the opportunity to become familiar with these islands and estuary ecosystems located within the area, an unforgettable experience.

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  1. Interesting that Mexico has almost twice the number of animal species than plant species. A recent science report has claimed that animal species can before plant species. I had always believed the plants came first But then, the most species by volume are the bacteria, who’s volume is greater that all the other species combined. Micro-organisms that need a microscope to be seen.

    I wonder how it was determined that animals came first. Perhaps by DNA analysis. Perhaps the DNA came from objects that were trapped in amber, which can be over 450 million years old. When you think of this, you are reminded of the movie Jurasic Park and Jurasic World. Although in the movie the Dino DNA was obtained from blood in a mosquito .Most Dino and ancient human DNA are obtained from teeth and bones.

    This causes me to wonder if the tiny leg bone , feathers and eggshell in my piece of amber, could actually be from an avian dinosaur ?

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