Canary Islands dry woodlands and forests

WWF Abstract

The Canary Islands contain more biodiversity than just about any temperate ecoregion on the planet. For example, each island has its own endemic species or subspecies of skink, gecko, or other lizard. Not only are more than half of the species here endemic, but evolution on these islands has produced entire categories of plants and animals found only in this ecoregion. In laurel forests, you can find relic plant species that have existed here since the Tertiary Period. And the complex variety of habitats in this ecoregion, from palm groves to heaths, is home to more than 70 distinct ecological communities. In addition to the amazing variety of life that has evolved here, the Canary Islands are also a temporary home for many migratory birds that visit from Europe each autumn, and they serve as important breeding sites for many marine birds as well. From laurel trees to giant lizards, most of the plants and animals of the Canary Islands are truly unusual.
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Ecozone:Palearctic
Biome:Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Countries:Spain
Area:1,215,998 acres (492,097 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data

Protected Areas

Acantilado de Las Traviesas
Acantilados de Alajeró, La Dama y Valle Gran Rey
Barrancos del Cedro y Liria
Caldera de Taburiente
Garajonay
Garoé
Juncalillo del Sur
La Palma Biosphere Reserve
Macizo de Tauro
Montaña Roja
Ojeda, Inagua y Pajonales
Rasca y Guaza
Tamadaba
Teno
Tigaiga
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER