Coastal Fujian - Zeijang




J. Hales



Major Habitat Type

Tropical and subtropical coastal rivers

Drainages flowing into

Taiwan Strait, East China Sea, South China Sea

Main rivers to other water bodies

Han Jiang, Jiulong Jiang, Min Jiang, and Ou rivers



This ecoregion includes the coastal drainages of the Fujian and Zhejiang provinces that occur between the Pearl River (Zhujiang) in the south and the Qiantang River in the north. It includes the drainages of the Han, Jiulong, Min, and Ou rivers in the Fujian and Zhejiang provinces.

Terrestrial habitats

The terrestrial ecoregion that encompasses most of this ecoregion is the Jian Nan subtropical evergreen forests. A small section of Changjian Plain evergreen forests occurs in the north, and a small area of South China-Vietnam subtropical evergreen forests occurs in the south (Wikramanayake et al. 2002).

Description of endemic fishes

The ecoregion contains some endemic species, such as Leiocassis similis.

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For Southeast Asia, delineations were determined using a bottom-up approach that employed both published and unpublished field data and expert assessment (Abell et al. 2008). 


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