Rete Regionale per la conservazione della Fauna Marina SardegnaAMP Tavolara - Punta Coda Cavallo is a node of Sardinia Regional Network for Marine Fauna Conservation

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Flora

The Protected Marine Area contains a large number of native species of fauna and flora.

There are over 500 identified plants that have been discovered on Tavolara, Molara, Molarotto and other small islands. 34 of these species are native; some of these species are unique to Tavolara, and are consequently among the rarest plants in the world. An example is the cornflower, the result of two native plants, Centaurea horrida and Centaurea filiformis – an incredibly rare native plant.
The importance of nature on these islands is not so much due to the number of plants present, but instead is due to the amount of plants that are native and unique to the islands.
Among the 34 native plants present, 8 of them deserve special mention due to their scientific importance for the biotope. This is because Tavolara Island is their locus classicus, the location where the new specimen was discovered. This location is then forever associated with the species.
They are:
- Alyssum tavolarae
- Limonium hermaeum
- Asperula deficiens:
the rarest plant, as it is found only in cliffs on the northern side of the island
- Cephalaria mediterranea
- Campanula forsythii
- Buphtalmum inuloides
- Centaurea filiformis


Then there is the sea, with its bed that is rich with a great variety of species, protected by calcareous rock and granite.
The sea bed surrounding Tavolara Island is covered with large boulders that have fallen from the rock walls of the surrounding landscapes, rich gorges and tunnels that open onto large expanses of sea grass, with the sea bed 40 meters below.
Around Molara and small islands, the sea bed is shallower is laden with spurs of granite rock that are interrupted by sand and sea grass.
Sometimes, granite rocks have rounded forms featuring large slashes, laden with spires and pinnacles, evoking images of the exposed earth, to remind that they were formed in an airy habitat.
The extreme depths of the sea (the infralitoral and circalitoral levels) feature diverse species of nudibranch molluscs, including Cuthona Ocellata and Cerberilla Bernadettae, numerous colonies of Funicella Singularis, Eunicella Cavolinii, Paramuricea Clavata and, more rarely, colonies of Paramuricea Macrospina and Axinella sponge.

  • Image of the flower: Cavolo-di-Sardegna_Brassica-insularis
  • Image of the flower: Papavero-cornuto-_Glaucium-flavum
 

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