Might it not be better to limit WHS "Connections" in this respect to those which are situated within a "Priority" and (possibly??) "Other Key" area???
I see, on further reading that the "Priority" and "Key" areas seem to be a CEPF concept rather than an inherent aspect of the Myers definition.
Eastern Himalaya and Nepal - Manas, Kaziranga
- Mediterranean basin - Meteora
There is no doubt that Manas and Kaziranga are within the Eastern Himalaya hotspot as per this map http://www.cepf.net/where_we_work/regions/asia_pacific/eastern_himalayas/Pages/defaul t.aspx
Similarly, Meteora is within the Mediterranean hotspot as per this map http://www.cepf.net/where_we_work/regions/europe_central_asia/mediterranean/Pages/def ault.aspx
It does still seem to me that, by "lumping" all these WHS together under a single Connection we are in "danger" of listing a fair percentage of the total 191 Natural and 31 Mixed WHS and thus losing any "focus" the Connection might have brought to the subject!. If we are to do so might it not be better to "connect" at the individual Hotspot level rather than the overall one - i.e WHICH hotspots are represented by which WHS. I see that the Indo-Burma hotspot for instance contains virtually the whole of SE Asia north of Malalysia and parts of S China and Eastern India and would seem to contain at least 7 WHS - but these are scattered among total list and are difficult to identifyhttp://www.cepf.net/where_we_work/regions/asia_pacific/indo_burma/Pages/default.aspx
Of course that would leave out any WHS which was in a hotspot with fewer than 3 WHS such as Cape Floralistic Region. An alternative might be to have Hotspot subsets (34 if we are using the Hotspot definition which adds 9 to Myers's original 25) within the overall connection and "allocate" WHS to them using the same logic structure as for the WHS hotspot connection but without the "at least 3" requirement? That might well leave the odd individual "hotspot" entirely unrepresented by a WHS - but that in itself would be interesting to highlight.
Regarding other potential WHS for this Connection
a. Belize Barrer reef - contains coastal/island land areas and is presumably of the Meso-American Hotspot? Unesco says "A total of 178 terrestrial plants and 247 taxa of marine flora has been described from the area."