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Farquhar Group

Farquhar Group
Farquhar Group:
Providence Atoll at the top, St. Pierre Island to the left and the Farquhar Atoll at the bottom
Geography
Location Indian Ocean
Archipelago Seychelles
Area 11 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
Country
Seychelles
Demographics
Population 21
Farquhar Group is located in Indian Ocean
Farquhar Group
Farquhar Group
Location of the Farquhar Group in the Indian Ocean

The Farquhar Group belong to the Outer Islands of the Seychelles, lying in the southwest of the island nation, more than 700 kilometres southwest of the capital, Victoria, on Mahé Island.

Area

The total land area of all islands in the group is less than 11 km², but the total area of the atolls measures about 370 km².

The group consists of two atolls and one separate island. In addition, there is one separate submerged reef in the area:

  1. Farquhar Atoll (with two larger and about eight smaller islets)
  2. Providence Atoll (with 2 islets, Providence Island and Cerf Island)
  3. St. Pierre Island
  4. Wizard Reef (submerged)

Population

There are only two settlements. The main settlement is on Île du Nord (North Island) of Farquhar Atoll, and the other one on Providence Island of Providence Atoll. There are records of Maldivian mariner presence in the group from the 20th century, when a trading vessel from southern Maldives lost its course and reached Providence Atoll.[1]

Biology

The oonopid monotypic spider species Farqua quadrimaculata is the only known spider that is endemic to the Farquhar Islands.[2]

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ Xavier Romero-Frias, The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. Barcelona 1999, ISBN 84-7254-801-5
  2. ^ Saaristo 2001

References

  • Saaristo, M. I. (2001). Dwarf hunting spiders or Oonopidae (Arachnida, Araneae) of the Seychelles. Insect Syst. Evol. 32: 307-358.

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