|Central coordinates||63o 26.00' East 19o 42.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||0 - 396m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The site covers the central ridge and valleys radiating from it, including most of the native and exotic woody vegetation on Rodrigues. It occupies about one half of the island. The main habitats for native birds are exotic forest and thickets; the forest is dominated by Tabebuia pallida, Mangifera indica, Casuarina equisetifolia and other exotics, and a few native tree species, while most thickets are of exotic Syzgium jambos. Such habitat is patchily distributed, mainly in valleys, with the largest stands in the sheltered valleys of Solitude and Cascade Pigeon. Native plants elsewhere are widely scattered, although concentrations occur at a few sites.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Rodrigues Warbler Acrocephalus rodericanus||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A2||Near Threatened|
|Rodrigues Fody Foudia flavicans||resident||1998||present||-||A1, A2||Near Threatened|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Anse Quitor||Nature Reserve||10||protected area contained by site||10|
|Grande Montagne||Nature Reserve||14||protected area contained by site||14|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
|Notes: Firewood collection.|
Other biodiversity Plants: a devastated but still unique flora, with 36–38 taxa of endemic flowering plants (19–21 are Endangered, seven Vulnerable and eight Rare), including Ramosmania rodriguesiana (=R. heterophylla), Dombeyarodriguesiana and Gouania leguatii, all known from single individuals; three endemic ferns (one Rare, one Endangered). Mammals: Pteropus rodricensis (CR). Molluscs: 10 endemic land-snail species, four highly endangered.
References Cheke (1979, 1987a,c), Impey (2000), Mauritian Wildlife Appeal Fund (1992), Safford (1992), Showler (1999), Strahm (1989).
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