ASCENSION ISLAND ENDEMIC INVERTEBRATES PROJECT

Garypus (c) Nicola Weber edited RSK.jpg

Ascension Island is small, volcanic 88 sq km island in the Atlantic ocean, with a population of roughly 880 residents, and it is a UK overseas territory. 

  • Rarity: Ascension Island has over 30 endemic invertebrates, which includes the incredible Giant Pseudoscorpion Garypus titanius (pictured - credited to Nicola Weber), which is the world's largest Pseudoscorpion. 
     

  • Causes of decline: Ascension Island's invertebrates are threatened by invasive plants and animals, and the destruction and degradation of their habitats. 

​Threats to the endemic invertebrates of Ascension Island, include:

  • Invasive species, including introduced plants and animals 

  • Loss and fragmentation of native habitat, the habitats on island are very unique but they are vulnerable to human pressures

  • Climate change impacts

The Species Recovery Trust is supporting a Darwin Initiative project on the island's endemic invertebrates DPLUS135. Providing specialist invertebrate advice, conservation planning skills and increased capacity for conservation delivery.