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fire 60 protected than more affected species tenerife causes

The fire in Tenerife causes more than 60 protected species to be affected

The fire in Tenerife causes more than 60 protected species to be affected.

The Cabezón de Añavingo, an endangered species, which only had two population centers in the world, is in danger.

The fire in Tenerife, which began on August 15 in Arafo, has affected 14,624 hectares, distributed in 12 municipalities. From the environmental point of view, the effect of fire on unique species in the Canary Islands has been "very important". This is explained by the general director of Natural Spaces and Biodiversity of the government of the Canary Islands.

Miguel Ángel Morcuende points out that "according to the reports we are having, the fire has affected more than 60 protected species." Among them, the one that worries the most is the so-called Cheirolophus metlecsicsii (Añavingo's cabezón).

"It is," continues the director general, "an endangered species, which only had two population centers in the world. The first of them was in Arico and burned in 2021. So far, according to technicians of the ministry, no specimens have been located in that area. The nucleus that remained was located in Añavingo, in Arafo, and without a doubt, it has been affected by the fire."

There are also other populations, in danger of extinction, such as the Himantoglossum metlecsisianum or Orchid of Tenerife, an endemic plant, of seasonal growth between the months of December and February, which have suffered the consequences of the fire.

Also in danger of extinction, in this case due to predation by rabbits, competition with other plant species and human action; there is the jarrilla of Agache, Helianthemum teneriffae. It is endemic to the island of Tenerife. It is known in a single locality in the southeast of the island, in Güímar, within the scope of the Corona Forestal Natural Park.

The little owl, the sparrowhawk or the woodpecker. Three species of special protection threatened by fire.

The fire has burned a perimeter of 88 kilometers belonging to the natural park of the Corona Forestal. This area of pine forest, both natural and reforested, and high mountain vegetation, practically surrounds the Teide National Park. A total of 46,613 hectares make it the largest protected area in the Canary Islands.

The Forest Crown is the natural habitat of a large number of endemic species that are threatened. It is estimated that the fire has affected 3,033.63 hectares of endemic Canarian pine forests of 9,360. 1,860.03 hectares of 4,090 hectares of endemic oro-Mediterranean heaths with aliaga and 703.42 hectares of endemic Macaronesian heaths have also been affected. In addition, it is necessary to count 172, 06 hectares of 9,360 endemic Macaronesian laurel forests.

These species are all habitats of community interest. With its destruction occurs that of the ecosystems where different species of fungi, bacteria, invertebrates and birds live. Some of special protection such as the accipiter nisus granti (sparrowhawk), the asio otus (little owl) or the barbastella barbastellus (Canarian bat).

Among the Canarian pine forests, both natural and repopulated, there is also usually a vulnerable species: the blue finch. It generally lives at an altitude above 1,000 meters, among the most mature pines and brooms.

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