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Abras de Mantequilla

General Information

Description Abras de Mantequilla lies in the western coastal region of Ecuador.
Country Ecuador
Latitude -1° 28' 0" (-1.4667)
Longitude -79° 45' 0" (-79.7500)


 Latin America & Mexico Biodiversity Conservation Priorities

Physical Characteristics

Description Intermittent streams and lakes empty into the permanent lake during the rainy season.
Depth Mean depth: 4.5 m
Type Fresh


Economic Value
Major Cities

Watershed Management


Biodiversity Conservation

Description Abras de Mantequilla is home to numerous indigenous fish species and provides habitat for many migratory birds.
Designations LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
Ramsar Site
Species of Concern



Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities
UNDP Project Profile: Apoyo a la conservacion del Humedal Abras de Mantequilla

Additional Data Sources

Duker, L. and L. Borre. 2001. Biodiversity conservation of the world's lakes: a preliminary framework for identifying priorities. LakeNet Report Series Number 2. Annapolis, Maryland USA.

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