The SUCCULENT KAROO is a desert ecoregion of
* 1 Setting * 2 Flora * 3 Fauna * 4 Conservation * 5 External links * 6 References
The ecoregion is a centre of diversity and endemism for reptiles and
many invertebrates . Of the ecoregion’s 50 scorpion species, 22 are
endemic. Monkey beetles , largely endemic to southern Africa, are
concentrated in the Succulent
Approximately 15 amphibians are found in this ecoregion, including three endemics; among the region’s 115 reptile species, 48 are endemic and 15 are strict endemics. The Sperregebiet region is a hotspot for an unusual tortoise, the Nama padloper . Endemism is present, but less pronounced, among the Succulent Karoo’s bird and mammal populations.
The ecoregion has been designated a biodiversity hotspot by Conservation International .