Endemic Animals of Canary Islands








La Palma chaffinch
La Palma chaffinch
The La Palma chaffinch, also known as the Palman chaffinch or, locally in Spanish as the pinzón palmero or pinzón hembra, is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. It is a subspecies of the common chaffinch that is endemic to La Palma in the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago that forms part of Macaronesia in the North Atlantic Ocean.
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La Palma chaffinch
Dune shearwater
Dune shearwater
The dune shearwater, also known as the Canarian shearwater or Hole's shearwater, was a relatively large shearwater which bred in the Canary Islands archipelago of the North Atlantic Ocean. Fossils have also been found in the Figueira Brava cave archaeological site on the western coast of Portugal. The specific epithet honours Mrs Jean Hole, who collected fossil material of the species on the Jandia Peninsula of Fuerteventura. It was intermediate ...
in size between the Manx and Cory's shearwaters. Its breeding colonies were in dune fields, in contrast to those of the smaller and sympatric lava shearwater which bred in lava fields. Extinction of the species occurred about 2000–3000 years ago, contemporaneously with the first human settlement of the islands by the Guanches, with the cause likely to be human predation.
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Dune shearwater
Trias greenfinch
Trias greenfinch
The Trias greenfinch is an extinct passerine from the family of finches . The fossil remains were unearthed in the Cuevas de los Murciélagos near San Andrés y Sauces in the north of La Palma, Canary Islands. The species epithet commemorates Spanish palaeontologist Miquel Trías who collected the holotype together with Josep Antoni Alcover in July 1985.
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Trias greenfinch
Western Canary Islands chiffchaff
Western Canary Islands chiffchaff
The western Canary Islands chiffchaff is a small bird in the family Phylloscopidae. It is a subspecies of the Canary Islands chiffchaff found on the islands of El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, Spain.
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Western Canary Islands chiffchaff
Canary Islands quail
Canary Islands quail
The Canary Islands quail once occurred on the islands of El Hierro, La Palma, Tenerife and Fuerteventura .
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Canary Islands quail
Canarian houbara
Canarian houbara
The Canarian houbara, Chlamydotis undulata fuertaventurae, is a large bird in the bustard family. It is a houbara bustard subspecies which is endemic to the eastern Canary archipelago, in Macaronesia in the North Atlantic Ocean, where it is a scarce and threatened non-migratory resident. It is the animal symbol of the island of Fuerteventura.
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Canarian houbara
Barolo shearwater
Barolo shearwater
The Barolo shearwater, also known as the North Atlantic little shearwater or Macaronesian shearwater, is a small shearwater which breeds in the Azores and Canaries of Macaronesia in the North Atlantic Ocean. Puffinus is a New Latin loanword based on the English "puffin" and its variants, such as poffin, pophyn and puffing, that referred to the cured carcass of the fat nestling of the Manx shearwater, a former delicacy. The specific baroli refers ...
to Carlo Tencredi Falletti, marquis of Barolo.
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Barolo shearwater
Lava shearwater
Lava shearwater
The lava shearwater, or Olson's shearwater, was a species of shearwater that bred on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. It is known from fossil remains, and was only described in 1990. It was intermediate in size between the Manx shearwater and the little shearwater. The remains of the species are particularly common in lava fields.
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Lava shearwater
Eastern Canary Islands chiffchaff
Eastern Canary Islands chiffchaff
The eastern Canary Islands chiffchaff or Lanzarote Island chiffchaff is an extinct subspecies of the Canary Islands chiffchaff endemic to the island of Lanzarote – and possibly also Fuerteventura – in the Canary Islands, Spain.
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Eastern Canary Islands chiffchaff
Tenerife goldcrest
Tenerife goldcrest
The Tenerife goldcrest, Regulus regulus teneriffae, is a very small passerine bird in the kinglet family, closely resembling the goldcrest but with a broader black band across the forehead, slightly darker underparts and a longer bill. It breeds in the Canary Islands of Tenerife and La Gomera, where it is a non-migratory resident. It prefers Canary Island Pine forests, but also occurs in laurisilva forests.
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Tenerife goldcrest
Western Canary Islands goldcrest
Western Canary Islands goldcrest
The Western Canary Islands goldcrest, Regulus regulus ellenthalerae, is a very small passerine bird in the kinglet family. It is restricted to the western Canary Islands of La Palma and El Hierro where it is a non-migratory resident.
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Western Canary Islands goldcrest
Centrochelys burchardi
Centrochelys burchardi
The Tenerife giant tortoise is an extinct species of cryptodire turtle in the family Testudinidae endemic to the island of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands.
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Centrochelys burchardi
Roque Chico de Salmor giant lizard
Roque Chico de Salmor giant lizard
The Roque Chico de Salmor giant lizard was the nominate subspecies of the lacertid Gallotia simonyi. It was once present on a small islet near El Hierro in the Canary Islands.
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Roque Chico de Salmor giant lizard
Centrochelys vulcanica
Centrochelys vulcanica
The Gran Canaria giant tortoise is an extinct species of cryptodire turtle in the family Testudinidae endemic to the island of Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands.
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Centrochelys vulcanica
Phorcus turbinatus
Phorcus turbinatus
Phorcus turbinatus, common name the turbinate monodont, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Trochidae, the top snails.
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Phorcus turbinatus
Steromphala cineraria
Steromphala cineraria
Steromphala cineraria is a species of small sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Trochidae, the top snails.
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Steromphala cineraria
Phorcus sauciatus
Phorcus sauciatus
Phorcus sauciatus is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Trochidae, the top snails.
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Phorcus sauciatus
Mitromorpha engli
Mitromorpha engli
Mitromorpha engli is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Mitromorphidae. It is found around the Canary Islands. The length of the shell varies between 4 mm and 5 mm.
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Mitromorpha engli
Alvania subcalathus
Alvania subcalathus
Alvania subcalathus is a species of minute sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk or micromollusk in the family Rissoidae.
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Alvania subcalathus
Granulina canariensis
Granulina canariensis
Granulina canariensis is a species of very small sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk or micromollusk in the family Granulinidae.
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Granulina canariensis
Jorunna efe
Jorunna efe
Jorunna efe is a species of sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a shell-less marine gastropod mollusc in the family Discodorididae.
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Jorunna efe
Jujubinus striatus
Jujubinus striatus
Jujubinus striatus, common name the grooved top shell, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Trochidae, the top snails. Subspecies Jujubinus striatus delpreteanus Sulliotti, 1889 Jujubinus striatus striatus
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Jujubinus striatus
Putzeysia franziskae
Putzeysia franziskae
Putzeysia franziskae is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Eucyclidae.
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Putzeysia franziskae
Mitromorpha gofasi
Mitromorpha gofasi
Mitromorpha gofasi is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Mitromorphidae.
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Mitromorpha gofasi
Aldisa puntallanensis
Aldisa puntallanensis
Aldisa puntallanensis is a species of sea slug or dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Cadlinidae.
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Aldisa puntallanensis
Leufroyia erronea
Leufroyia erronea
Leufroyia erronea is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Raphitomidae.
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Leufroyia erronea