Temperate Woodland & Shrubland
"Biologists and ecologists categorize the earth's various ecosystems into biomes: geographical areas that share a similar climate, plant and animal population. The temperate (or Mediterranean) woodland and shrubland biome is found on the western coasts of South Africa, Australia and North and South America mainly in the summer-dry, winter-wet Mediterranean climate zones. Plant communities typical of this biome include open woodlands and scrub brush (called chaparral in California), and commonly evolved under the influence of wildfire. The biome supports abundant animal life."