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Location Tanzania, Zanzibar and Pemba
Central coordinates 39o 56.00' East  6o 54.00' South
IBA criteria A4i, A4ii, A4iii
Area 3 ha
Altitude 0 - 4m
Year of IBA assessment 2001





Site description This tiny island, barely 300 m long, lies 60 km east of Dar es Salaam and 66 km south-east of Zanzibar. It is known locally as Fungu Kizimkazi and is administered from Zanzibar. It is a weathered fossil coral island covered, to varying depths, with bird guano. There are no bushes, but a creeping succulent grows over much of the island. There is a large sand beach on the western side of the island that changes shape through the seasons. The island is oceanic as it lies off the continental shelf and is surrounded by deep water.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Sula dactylatra breeding  1989  1,500 adults only  unknown  A4ii  Not Recognised 
Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii breeding  1971  750-1,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus breeding  1989  25,000-35,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Brown Noddy Anous stolidus breeding  1989  10,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1989  100,000-499,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Other biodiversity Latham is thought to be of importance for nesting turtles.

References Baker and Boswell (1989), Bregnballe et al. (1990), Gerhart and Turner (1978), Gwynne et al. (1970).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Latham Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/08/2014

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