643 Species Make This Island the Most Biodiverse in the World

Posted by Chantel Delulio on August 18, 2016 at 9:15:00 AM EDT | Post a Comment


If you’re looking to get more biodiversity bang for your buck then you definitely need to find your way to Atauro Island. Conservation International has determined that the small island’s waters are the most biodiverse in the world. Located off the coast of Timor-Leste, Atauro Island’s thousands of reefs are home to 643 species with an average of 253 reef fish species per site. Given the lack of predatory fish, there is a push for the area to be protected with the hope of developing the site as an ecotourism destination.

For more on this story visit The Guardian.

Photo Credit: Gerry Allen / Conservation International

Chantel Delulio

Staff Writer

I grew up in the shadow of the Appalachians in western Maryland. I received my B.A. in English literature from Washington College and moved to Los Angeles, where I’ve fallen in love with the gorgeous weather and abundance of food trucks.

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