MALDIVES


MALDIVES

The Maldivian archipelago stretches for 860 Km from latitude 7°6’35”N to 0°42’24”S, and in longitude 72°33’19’’ to 73°46’13’’E. Because of climatic and edaphic factors the establishment of luxuriant equatorial forest does not take place. The dominant vegetation on the islands is represented by coconut palm forest associated with shrubland on the edge of the beach. On Magoodhoo Island, 10 out of 22 hectares are covered by coconut forest (Cocus nucifera) and shrubland is composed of sea lettuce (Scaevola taccada), tree hiliotrope (Tournefortia argenta), beach gardenia (Guettarda speciosa) and screw pine (Pandanus sp.). In the Maldivian environment it is possible to find flying foxes (Pteropus giganteus) and asian koels (Eudynamys scolopaceus) perched on tree branches and white-breasted waterhed (Amaurornis phoenicurus) runningon the ground between the roots of the palm trees.

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