Major Habitat Type
Temperate upland rivers
Drainages flowing into
East China Sea
Main rivers to other water bodies
In addition to the Yangtze (Chang Jiang), tributaries in this ecoregion include the Min, Tuo, Jialing, Wu, and Qing rivers.
This ecoregion includes the stretch of the Yangtze east of the Tibetan Plateau that passes through the Sichuan basin and Yangtze Gorges (Three Gorges) to the confluence of the with the Qing River.
Terrestrial ecoregions that largely comprise this ecoregion include the Yunnan Plateau subtropical evergreen forests, Qionglai-Minshan conifer foress, Sichuan Basin evergreen broadleaf forests, Daba Mountains evergreen forests, and Guizhou Plateau broadleaf and mixed forests (Wikramanayake et al. 2002).
Justification for delineation
For Southeast Asia, delineations were determined using a bottom-up approach that employed both published and unpublished field data and expert assessment (Abell et al. 2008). Some of the delineations for this ecoregion were based on information from Li (1981) and Ding (1994).
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- Li, Sizhong (1981). "Studies on zoogeographical divisions for fresh water fishes of China" Beijing, China: Science Press.
- Wikramanayake, Eric,Dinerstein, Eric,Loucks, C.,Olson, D.M.,Morrison, J.,Lamoreux, J. L.,McKnight, M.;Hedao, P. (2002). "Terrestrial ecoregions of the Indo-Pacific: A conservation assessment" Washington, DC: Island Press.
- Ding, R. (1994). "The fishes of Sichuan" Sichuan Scientific Press pp. 315-319.