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Yemen, Socotra Archipelago

 Posted by , last edited on September 25, 2013 at 13:32:15

Location Indian Ocean, Yemen
Coordinates N12 30 0 E53 49 60
Type Natural
Property 410460.0000 ha
Date of Inscription 2008

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1263 )

Socotra Archipelago, in the northwest Indian Ocean near the Gulf of Aden, is 250 km long and comprises four islands and two rocky islets which appear as a prolongation of the Horn of Africa. The site is of universal importance because of its biodiversity with rich and distinct flora and fauna: 37% of Socotra’s 825 plant species, 90% of its reptile species and 95% of its land snail species do not occur anywhere else in the world. The site also supports globally significant populations of land and sea birds (192 bird species, 44 of which breed on the islands while 85 are regular migrants), including a number of threatened species. The marine life of Socotra is also very diverse, with 253 species of reef-building corals, 730 species of coastal fish and 300 species of crab, lobster and shrimp.

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