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tacotal [vegetacion, recursos naturales]

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  1. freyge00 Junior Member

    North Carolina
    English, USA
    What does the word "tacotal" mean? I assume it is some type of vegetative cover class. Something that has trees but is not forest... Could it be "woodlands"?

    "Los datos se refieren al área de bosques y al área de otras tierras naturales con
    árboles (tacotales, sabana con árboles, pastos naturales con árboles y arbustos)."
     
  2. Ilialluna

    Ilialluna Senior Member

    Madrid
    Español-España
    Hola. Según el DRAE, tacotal es "matorral espeso" (Costa Rica y Nicaragua).
     
  3. k-in-sc

    k-in-sc Senior Member

  4. freyge00 Junior Member

    North Carolina
    English, USA
    Interesting... These two explanations are somewhat different. "Matorral", is translated as "thicket", which is different from "forest fallow" (barbecho). Wonder if anyone else wants to weigh in. The excerpt is from Nicaragua, don't know if that helps.
     
  5. k-in-sc

    k-in-sc Senior Member

    I think "matorral" is underbrush or undergrowth in general. The RAE definition is not very specific.
    I have seen "barbecho" defined as "sectoral fallowing," on a two- or three-year cycle. My impression is that it is more for agricultural land and "tacotal" is forest regrowth.
    The book I cited gives "guamil" as the Honduran name for "tacotal."
    Edit:
    " ...Los tacotales son los primeros estados de la sucesión vegetal, en donde prevalecen arbustos y árboles con alturas menores de 5 metros. Cuando no son usados ni por el hombre, ni por los animales, en al menos 10 años, ocurre una regeneración natural de las especies de árboles y hierbas y los tacotales dan origen a los bosques secundarios, donde los árboles presentan una altura superior a 5 m y una densidad superior al 70 %. ..." Source


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    Tacotal: (bosque secundario de mas de 4 años de edad y arboles de 8-12 m de altura) 6) ..... Cacomistle. Bassariscus sumichrasti. Procyonidae. Carpintero ...
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    En este periodo, la zona de vieja frontera agrícola de Nicaragua, ... cerrado (bosque virgen) y tacotales (bosques... intervenidos o pasturas en recuperación).
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    a las condiciones de cualquier campesino de Nicaragua: • En áreas abiertas, donde no quedan árboles. • En áreas de tacotales bajos. • Donde el bosque tiene ...
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  6. freyge00 Junior Member

    North Carolina
    English, USA
    @k-in-sc

    Thanks, that is very helpful.
     
  7. k-in-sc

    k-in-sc Senior Member

    You're welcome. Note that the definitions don't agree on the size of the trees. ...
     
  8. freyge00 Junior Member

    North Carolina
    English, USA
    right, i assume the technical definition varies by country, but i understand the general concept.
     

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