Details of this species in Round Is.
Source: Bullock et al. 2002; Bell et al. 2002
Species Notes for this Location:
Management Notes for this Location:
In 1975/76, between ten and twenty goats (Capra hircus) were present on Round Island, and by 1978 these had been removed by shooting. Following this eradication, along with the eradication of rabbits a decade later, many plant species (such as Latania, Hyophorbe and Pandanus) increased, and the Round island skink (see Leiolopisma telfairii in IUCN Red List of Threatened Species) has also shown an increase. An unforeseen effect of goat and rabbit eradication is the increasing importance of non-native plant species on the structure and composition of the vegetation.
Round Island (169 ha) is located 20 km north-east of Mauritius, and supports the populations of several plant and reptile species which no longer occur on the mainland. It is rodent-free, and is one of the most important seabird islands in the western central Indian Ocean. It retains the last significant remnant of open palm-rich forest which contains 14 threatened plant species, and eight species of reptile, four of which are found only on Round Island.
Last Modified: 11/05/2005 3:49:47 p.m.