Welcome to the Bryophytes of the Tropical Andes home page! Regional diversity is one of the highest in the world for bryophytes with about 2400 species recorded (ca. 1000 hepatics, 1400 mosses). The scope of the project encompasses the countries of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and northwest Argentina. Here you will find links and text related to the rich bryophyte diversity of the Andean region.
Overview of Region and Countries
· Fieldwork in the various countries.
· Data basing existing and future collections. Presently more than 57,000 collections are available to the scientific community on the Missouri Botanical Garden Tropicos system.
Links are provided to information on the countries, collectors, author names, literature, indices and keys (see below).
Project page for all taxa. The majority of moss families and genera have descriptions, commentary and keys now in both English and Spanish. A specimen list, map, images [more than 1600, Andean and Bolivian project pages combined], ecological and morphological data are provided for many of the species of mosses. The hepatics presently contain minimal information, mostly project data and literature.
Upper left side panel: Region provides an overview of the tropical Andes and individual countries. Find a taxon by typing the name in Name Search or select Family List or Generic List.
Upper right: Choose Project: You can move from the Andean Bryophyte project to the Bolivian project or to Tropicos.
All information found on the Andean Bryophyte project page is continuously updated, with additional specimens, text, images and corrections. Comments, suggestions or corrections are welcomed.
Key to Andean Moss Families
Index to Generic Moss Family Placement
Index to Generic Hepatic Family Placement
Index of Moss Synonyms and Other Names
Bibliography and Literature Cited
Moss diversity and endemism in the tropical Andes (pdf)
A checklist of the mosses of the tropical Andean countries. (pdf)
Acknowledgements. Many individuals and institutions have directly or indirectly supported the bryophyte project over the last 25 years. Venezuela: T. Morales (VEN). Colombia: J. Aguirre C. (COL), L. Albert de Escobar (†, HUA), L. Atehortúa (HUA), J. Betancur (COL), R. Callejas (HUA), M. Escobar A. (HUA), J. L. Fernández (COL), R. Fonnegra (HUA), P. Franco (†, COL), A. Gómez (HUA), E. Linares (COL), J.D. Lynch (UNC-Bogotá), O. Marulanda (HUA), J.D. Parra, (HUA), V. Pérez (HUA), B. Ramírez P. (CAUP, previos PSO), D. Sánchez (MEDEL), P. Silverstone-Sopkin, (CUVC), J. Uribe (COL). Ecuador: E. Jaramillo (QCNE), D. Neill (MO, QCNE), E. Toapanta (QCNE). Peru: J. Opisso (USM). Bolivia: C. Aldana (LPB), O. Apaza (HSB), A. Araujo-Murakami (USZ), L. Arroyo (USZ), S. Beck (LPB), E. Calzadilla (USZ), S. Carreño (USZ), L. Cayola (LPB), M. Decker (BOLV), A. Fuentes (USZ, LPB), H. Huaylla (HSB), Y. Inturias (USZ), M. Lewis (LPB and Quime), I. Linneo (USZ), R. Lozano (HSB), R.I. Meneses (LPB), F. Mogro (BOLV), N. Sanjines (LPB), M. Serrano (HSB). Argentina: A.B. Biasuco (LIL), M. Schiavone (LIL), G. Suárez (LIL). Elsewhere: P. Acevedo (US), B. Allen (MO), J. Atwood (MO), H. Balslev (AAU), B. Bassuner (MO), W.R. Buck (NY), G. Calabrese (MA), M. Cano (MUB), D. Costa (RB), M. Crosby (MO), C. Delgadillo (MEXU), E. Feltz (MO), J.-P. Frahm, M. Gallego (MUB), S.R. Gradstein (PC), D.G. Griffin III (FLAS), L. Hedenãs (S), J. Heinrichs (GOET), E.H. and P.D. Hegewald (Germany), R. Ireland (MO and US), J. Jiménez (MUB), S. Laegaard (AAU), J. Luteyn (NY), B. Mack (MO), R. Magill (MO), O.M. Montiel (MO), J. Muñoz (MA), M. Nee (NY), M. Price (G), R. Pursell (PAC), C. Rausch (PC), W.D. Reese (†, LAF), M.E. Reiner-Drehwald (GOET), I. Sastre-De Jesús (MAPR), H. Sipman (B), B. Ståhl (GU), W.C. Steere (†, NY), S. Timme (†, KSP), J. Vana (PRC), D. Vitt (SIU), H. van der Werff (MO), A. Whittemore (NA), K. Yamada (NICH), Y. Yuzawa (NICH), R. Zander (MO), H.-J. Zündorf (JE).
The National Science Foundation (DEB-8818051, DEB-9201281, DEB-9626747, DEB-0542422, DEB-1051545) supported the project including infrastructural support for institutions in Colombia, Ecuador, Perú y Bolivia. Small grants were received from the Conoco and Lawrence Fund, New York Botanical Garden (Colombia), Danish Natural Science Research Council (Colombia, Ecuador) and the Taylor Fund for Ecological Research, Missouri Botanical Garden (Bolivia).
Collaborators. MUB: Maria Cano, Mayte Gallego, Juan Jimenez. USM: Jasmin Opissio.
Spanish translation provided by Jasmin Opissio (USM) and Claudia Aldana (LPB).