OF RÍA LAGARTOS BIOSPHERE RESERVE
Green, island-like clusters of trees -- the petén ecosystems -- speckle the marshy, grassy, frequently innudated lowlands at the far end of the estuary, at the eastern extreme of the biosphere reserve.
A petén is an island of trees of various kinds
surrounded by marshy or swampy wetlands where trees are lacking. In our area, often a petén may occur in open, freshwater ponds or on a mound. Many plant species might be found in a petén, but here is a list of those most commonly found.
Characteristic plants of petén ecosystems
(click on names to see them and learn more):
CENTER OF A MOUNDED PETÉN:
MIDDLE GROUND OF A
PERIMETER OF A
ANIMALS IN THE PETÉN: