• What does geographic range mean?

    The range of a species is the geographical area within which that species can be found. The range may emphasize the limits of a species occurrence or it may be more detailed, depending upon the information available and the objectives in providing it. For example, the IUCN describes the geographical range of Pan troglodytes as wide but discontinuous across Equatorial Africa between 13 degrees North and 7 degrees South, occurring from southern Senegal across the forested belt north of the Congo River to western Uganda and western Tanzania from sea-level to 2,800m above sea level (Oates et al., 2008).

  • How does geographic range change?

  • How do you determine geographic range?

  • Why is it important to understand geographic range?

Compiled and edited 2011 by Kay H. Farmer
Reviewed by Hjalmar Kuehl, Josephine Head and Neba Funwi-Gabga

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