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Ascension Island

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Boatswain Bird Island with natural arch, Ascension Island
Boatswain Bird Island with natural arch / Drew Avery, / CC BY 2.0

Ascension Island is a part of British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena. This remote island is neither part of Africa nor South America - but in order to keep files in some order, Wondermondo lists Ascension Island as a part of Africa.

Rather many species of animals and plants are met only on this remote island and in the sea waters around it.

Fern Pteris adscensionis, Ascension Island
Fern Pteris adscensionis, endemic of Ascension Island / Drew Avery, / CC BY 2.0

The indigenous plants and animals of this island have been heavily affected by introduced species of plants and animals, but some have survived. There are the following endemic plant species (all endangered):

  • fern Anogramma ascensionis
  • fern Asplenium ascensionis
  • spurge Euphorbia origanoides
  • fern Marattia purpurascens
  • fern Pteris adscensionis
  • grass Sporobolus caespitosus
  • fern Xiphopteris ascensionense

Several species of fish (including Taenioconger camelopardalis and Helcogramma ascensionis) along the shores of the island are not met anywhere else. Endemism among the smaller animals - insects and crustaceans - is higher, f.e. 14 species of decapods are met only here. All 5 species of pseudoscorpions are endemic.

Landmarks

  • Boatswain Bird Island - sea stack, inhabited by numerous sea birds. The only place where Ascension frigate bird (Fregata aquilana) lives. Island is white colored from bird droppings.
  • Boatswain Bird Island natural arch - impressive natural arch at the southern coast of this small island.
  • Dampier's Cave - shallow cave below Residency Cliffs. Legendary site where bucaneer William Dampier stored his treasure when he was stranded on Ascension island in 1701.

List of described attractions

Map of Ascension Island

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