Animals and Ecosystems of Latin America


Orange-chinned parakeet (Brotogeris jugularis) | Photo by Brian GratwickeInfoNatura is a conservation and educational resource on the animals and ecosystems of Latin America and the Caribbean. You can use InfoNatura to learn about more than 8,500 common, rare, and endangered species and 788 ecosystems.


NatureServe launched the InfoNatura web site as a resource for education and research with audiences throughout Latin America. InfoNatura offers conservation status and distribution information on more than 8,500 species of birds, mammals, and amphibians and 788 ecosystems. Most importantly, the InfoNatura website can be accessed in Spanish and Portuguese, as well as English.

Features & Benefits

InfoNatura provides taxonomic, conservation status, and national distribution information for more than 8,500 species of birds, mammals, and amphibians. A novel feature of InfoNatura is the Species Richness Maps which allows you to view maps depicting the richness of Latin American species according to taxonomic and threat criteria. You can produce maps of the richness of birds, mammals, amphibians, all three groups, or subsets of these groups such as passerine birds or salamanders. You can also limit the results to include only species in particular Red List Categories or restricted range species. For example, you can produce a map depicting the species richness of critically endangered cats or of all frogs and toads.

InfoNatura also provides data for ecological systems in Latin America and the Caribbean. The completeness of ecological inventory and classification work varies widely among countries and InfoNatura reflects these variations. The Comprehensive Report for ecological systems contains available information in the following categories: classification; related names; distribution; environmental setting; vegetation structure; dynamic processes; authors and contributors; and references.