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Abstract

Record of the tricolored munia (Lonchura malacca) in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Abstract

The first record of tricolored munia (Lonchura malacca) is presented in the state of Oaxaca, a species introduced in the Caribbean and which has rapidly colonized wetlands and coastal areas of Mesoamerica. The tricolored munia has been sighted since 1993; in Yucatán (1993, 1998, 2005, 2014, 2015), Quintana Roo (2003, 2004, 2016), Campeche (2005, 2009, 2011, 2013-2017), Chiapas (2007, 2010, 2013, 2015), Tabasco (2012, 2014, 2016), Veracruz (2014), Jalisco (2015) and Oaxaca State (2016). The evaluation of the distribution of this species in Mexican territory is important from an ecological and economic perspective, considering that this species can become a pest for rice and sorghum crops, 2 of the most important crops of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.