Category: Biodiversity

Vegetation and Biotopes in Syros

by Achilles Dimitropoulos   There are two points of view related to the woodland character of the Cyclades through time. According to the first one these islands were always barren with very limited vegetation. Their landscape has changed very little with the passage of time. The second view suggests that these islands were green and forested […]

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Birds of prey on Syros, now and then

By Achilles Dimitropoulos   The Cyclades Were, and still are, the main passage in the migration of birds from and to Africa. Among these birds there always were some rather rare birds of prey as the Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), the Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliacal), the Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus) and various species of falcons […]

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Amphibians and Reptiles of Syros

  By Achilles Dimitropoulos The Aegean space, and especially the Cyclades, has been a rich field of study for herpetologists, and Syros often hosted researchers interested in amphibians and reptiles. The geographical isolation of the islands, which led to the creation of characteristic subspecies, has attracted those scientists who were specialized in the study of […]

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The Mammals of Cyclades

by Achilles Dimitropoulos CONTINUING THE TRIBUTE to the fauna of the Cyclades, Syros Letters are now attempting to approach a less known and least studied group, the Mammals. The first references to this issue were made by Tournefort (1717), Erhard (1858) and Heldreich (1878). To date, the related works are an exception in the international […]

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On the flora and vegitation of Syros

By George P. Sarlis   Flora The flora of Syros consists of 580 species, 60 subspecies, 1 variety and 1 form, ie a total of 642 taxa, belonging to 340 genera and 81 families. From previous investigations (KH Rechinger), 648 taxa (590 species and 58 subspecies) were known for the flora of Syros, of which […]

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