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 (sŭb′mŏn′tān′, -mŏn-tān′)
Located under or at the base of a mountain or mountain range.
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1. (Physical Geography) situated on or characteristic of the lower slopes of a mountain
2. (Physical Geography) beneath a mountain or mountain range
[C19: from Latin sub- + mōns mountain]
subˈmontanely adv
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(sʌbˈmɒn teɪn)

1. under or beneath a mountain or mountains.
2. of or belonging to the lower slopes of mountains.
[1810–20; < Late Latin submontānus; see sub-, montane]
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The study was carried out between February and May 2011 at Carlos Botelho State Park (between 24[degrees]6'55" and 24[degrees]14'41" S, and 47[degrees]47'18" and 48[degrees]07'17" W) with 37,644.36 ha of lowland tropical rain forest (0-50 m elevation), submontane tropical rain forest (51-500 m) and montane tropical rain forest (501-1500 m), and some farmland, pasture, swamps, and pine, banana, and eucalyptus plantations (Ferraz and Varjabedian, 1999; Kronka et al., 2005).
As with other high mountains in East Africa, it harbors various endemic species of mostly flightless Saltatoria in its submontane and montane zones.
In remnants of seasonal semi-deciduous submontane forest with cerrado influence, in the state of Parana (Anderson and Ortencio-Filho, 2006), six species from five genera were recorded with a similar sampling effort.
Tropical lowland and submontane forests originally covered the area, but these suffered intense exploitation and large portions had been converted to pastures.
In the uplands between 500 and 1 200-1 400masl, rainfall increases and temperature decreases (0.6[degrees]C per 100m altitude) and submontane forests dominate in a submesothermic perhumid climate (>2 000mm and 18-24[degrees]C).
This species inhabits montane and submontane forests of the Pacific slope of Southern Costa Rica and the extreme West (Chiriqui Province) of Panama.