10 Island Ecosystems of the World

Many remote islands around the world have some of the most unique flora and fauna in the world. Some have species of plants and animals that are not found anywhere else and which have evolved in a specialized way. Because these islands provide a shelter from the fierce competition that species face on the mainland, species will develop that take advantage of these rare conditions. As a legacy of a unique evolutionary history, these ecosystems are irreplaceable treasures of nature. This list features some of the world’s most unique island ecosystems.
Note: The island ecosystems listed here are not necessarily islands surrounded by water, but are areas of land, isolated by natural means from the surrounding land.

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