|Central coordinates||53o 8.00' East 6o 10.00' South|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4iii|
|Altitude||0 - 1m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The site lies c.300 km south-west of Mahé in the Amirantes group. It is a low-lying coral island dominated by coconut-palms and Casuarina equisetifolia. There is a resident human population engaged in agriculture and fishing. The island is bisected by an airstrip, but there are no regular, scheduled flights. The site is used as a support base for the collection of Sterna fuscata eggs on the neighbouring island of Desnoeufs to the south-west, where there is no resident population outside the nesting season.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Brown Noddy Anous stolidus||breeding||-||1,000-3,000 breeding pairs||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Lesser Noddy Anous tenuirostris||breeding||-||2,000-5,000 breeding pairs||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Common White Tern Gygis alba||breeding||-||2,000-4,000 breeding pairs||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||breeding||-||20,000 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity The turtles Chelonia mydas (EN) and Eretmochelys imbricata (CR) nest and may be taken by poachers.
References Skerrett (1995).
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