Saturday, August 26, 2006

 

Galapagos Islands 'face species threat'

Galapagos Islands Foreign Species Invasion (Evolution Research: John Latter / Jorolat)BBC News: Officials in Ecuador say they are worried about the discovery of foreign species on the Galapagos Islands.

Despite inspections of incoming ships and planes, local people recently found an iguana and a turtle which probably came from mainland South America.

Invasive foreign species are one of the main threats to the islands' wildlife.

This includes giant tortoises, marine iguanas and finches which enchanted naturalist Charles Darwin and helped him develop his theory of evolution.

It is the isolation of the Galapagos Islands which makes their ecology unique. [Ecuador, invasion]

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