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The CENTRAL HIGHLANDS, CENTRAL HIGH PLATEAU, or HAUTS-PLATEAUX are a mountainous biogeographical region in central Madagascar
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. They include the contiguous part of the island's interior above 800 m (2600 ft) altitude. The Central Highlands are separated from the Northern Highlands of the northern tip of Madagascar
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by a low-lying valley, the Mandritsara Window , which has apparently acted as a barrier to dispersal for species in the highlands, leading to species pairs such as _ Voalavo gymnocaudus _ and _ Voalavo antsahabensis _ in the Northern and Central Highlands. Species restricted to the Central Highlands include the bats _ Miniopterus manavi _ and _Miniopterus sororculus _; the rodents _ Brachyuromys betsileoensis _ and _Voalavo antsahabensis_; the tenrecs _ Hemicentetes nigriceps _ and _ Oryzorictes tetradactylus _; and the lemur _ Cheirogaleus sibreei _. Because of the continuous habitat of the Central Highlands, there is little local endemism , unlike the Northern Highlands.

REFERENCES

* ^ Goodman et al., 2005, p. 871 * ^ Goodman et al., 2005, p. 872 * ^ Goodman et al., 2009, p. 5 * ^ Goodman et al., 2007, p. 1216 * ^ Musser and Carleton, 2005, p. 949 * ^ Goodman et al., 2005, p. 867 * ^ Bronner and Jenkins, 2005, p. 76 * ^ Garbutt, 2007, pp. 44–45 * ^ Garbutt, 2007, p. 104 * ^ Goodman et al., 2006, p. 395

LITERATURE CITED

* Bronner, G.N. & Jenkins, P.D. 2005. Order Afrosoricida. Pp. 71–81 in Wilson, D.E. and Reeder, D.M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: a taxonomic and geographic reference. 3rd ed. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2 vols., 2142 pp. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0 * Garbutt, N. 2007. Mammals of Madagascar: A Complete Guide. London: A ">Coordinates : 20°S 47°E / 20°S 47°E / -20; 47

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