Petites Montagnes Tortue Biological Reserve

Petites Montagnes Tortue Biological Reserve
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Petites Montagne Tortue
Map showing the location of Petites Montagnes Tortue Biological Reserve
Map showing the location of Petites Montagnes Tortue Biological Reserve
LocationFrench Guiana, France
Nearest cityRégina
Coordinates4°18′36″N 52°12′55″W / 4.3099°N 52.2154°W / 4.3099; -52.2154Coordinates: 4°18′36″N 52°12′55″W / 4.3099°N 52.2154°W / 4.3099; -52.2154
Area23.64 km2 (9.13 sq mi)[1]
Established30 September 2016[2]
Governing bodyNational Forests Office

The Petites Montagnes Tortue Biological Reserve (French: Réserve biologique intégrale des Petites Montagnes Tortue) is a wilderness area in French Guiana, France. Petites Montagnes Tortue is located about six kilometres from Régina.[3] It is a mountain range rich in quartz and quartzites with a summit of 287 metres (942 ft). The mountains are home to a diverse flora and fauna with about 20 species which are rare or endemic.[4]

Overview

The Petites Montagnes Tortue is a small mountain range rich in quartz and quartzites. The irregular hills are covered with forests with hibiscus, eperua and amaranth species.[3] The forests are a refuge for flora and fauna dating from the Pleistocene, and are characterised by a large biodiversity and endemism.[4] The geomorphology with steep slopes result in rare habitats which are home to localised species.[3]

About 20 species have been identified which are rare or endemic,[4] and include astrocaryum minus, eschweilera squamata, heliconia dasyantha, and octomeria sarthouae.[3] The dyeing poison dart frog is present in the mountains in great abundance.[3]

On 30 September 2016, Petites Montagnes Tortue Biological Reserve was protected as a wilderness area.[2] A foot path will be constructed to make the area accessible to the public.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Petites Montagnes Tortue (Des)". Protected Planet. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  2. ^ a b "FR24GUF02 - Petites Montagnes Tortue (Des)". Inventaire National du Patrimoine Naturel (in French). Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e "La Réserve biologique intégrale des Petites Montagnes Tortue". National Forests Office (in French). Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "Petites Montagnes Tortue" (PDF). DEAL de Guyane (in French). Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  5. ^ "Réserve Biologique Intégrale des Petites Montagnes Tortue". Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels de Guyane (in French). Retrieved 26 March 2021.
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