The SUCCULENT KAROO is a desert ecoregion of
* 1 Setting * 2 Flora * 3 Fauna * 4 Conservation * 5 External links * 6 References
Karoo stretches along the coastal strip of southwestern
The Succulent Karoo is notable for the world's richest flora of succulent plants , and harbours about one-third of the world’s approximately 10,000 succulent species. 40% of its succulent plant are endemic. The region is extraordinarily rich in geophytes , harbouring approximately 630 species.
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
Karoo and are important pollinators of
the flora. So, too, are the
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 .