Fauna of Aegina

Fauna of Aegina

Text and photos: T. Adamakopoulos

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Aegina topoGuide: A juvenile hedgehog (Erinaceus roumanicus)

In a small and populous island like Aegina, there could not be surprises in mammal fauna: there sparse populations of middle-sized carnivores, wide spread bats, small rodents and insectivores.

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Aegina topoGuide: Small groups of Scopoli's shearwaters (Calonectris diomedea) follow the ships

The avifauna of Aegina presents no surprises, except on the period of migration, where the careful observer can detect quite interesting and unusual species. Among the several seabirds, the most interesting species is the Scopoli's shearwaters (Calonectris diomedea) and the more abundant is the Yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis).

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Aegina topoGuide: Snake-eyed Skink (Ablepharus kitaibelii)

Due to its small size, Aegina is rather poor in amphibians and reptiles. The proximity, however, with the continental Greece has resulted in the presence of Salamander (Salamandra salamandra) on the island. Moreover, we will meet Marginated Tortoises (Testudo marginata), numerous Turkish Geckos (Hemidactylus turcicus) and Kotchy’s Geckos (Mediodactylus kotschyi), as well as Oscillated Skinks (Chalcides ocellatus), Snake-eyed Skinks (Ablepharus kitaibelii), Balkan Whip Snakes (Hierophis gemonensis), Cat Snakes (Telescopus fallax) and Dahl's Whip Snakes (Platyceps najadum).

Photos and descriptions of most important fauna species of Aegina are included in the application Aegina topoGuide. The application is available for Android devices as well as for iOS devices (iPhone and iPad) by AnaDigit.