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Fauna - Corfu

A Heaven on earth like the Corfu island complex, with its lush vegetation and the richest flora of all Mediterranean islands (6000 species) is host to a great number of animal species.
In spite of the dense inhabitation of the island complex and the fact that malpractice in agriculture have decreased the number of certain species (particularly birds and small carnivorous animals) the richness of its fauna is still remarkable. Nowadays, after almost a decade of applying sustainable policies, the fauna is starting to bounce back. Corfu, Poxi and Diapontia islands constitute meeting points for nature lovers.

Butterflies
Due to the lush green environment and the existence of more than 400 flower species it is expected for the island to have such a big number of colorful butterflies. The most common butterfly during summer is Scarce Swallowtail.

Protected species
Roughtail Rock Agama (Laudakia stellio-Agama stellio), otter (Lutra lutra)
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Laudakia stellio - Agama stellio (Roughtail Rock Agama)
It is a unique European representative of this tropical lizard family. It lives in Corfu, in a small area of Thessalonica and in some islands of the Aegean Sea.
According to sayings, it traveled to Corfu together with the provender supplies of the English army or it was brought here by a naturalist. None of the aforementioned have ever been proved. Read below for an explanation of these viewpoints.


Birds
Corfu is a lush green island. On the north it consists of hills that end up forming a 900m high mountain Pantokrator and on the south it consists of low hills and plains. Its most important spots for bird watching are the protected biotopes (Natura 2000) and the olive groves. Antinioti lake on the north, the hill chains and Pantokrator mountain, Ropa field in the center of the island, Korission lake and Alikes area on the south are also beautiful places. Interesting are also Paxi, Antipaxi and Diaponia islands located on what locals call “roads of migration".

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