A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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A River Valley

We decided that Monday was going to be a lazy day so we drove for twenty minutes on tarmac south of Olympos and then twenty minutes on a dirt track to a secluded river valley. The day did not disappoint and it was all about the wildlife in the end. We were rewarded with frogs, crabs, orchids and a lot more. I've labelled some pictures so you can see what it is if you're interested but I think the pictures speak for themselves.

The Argoni river and a rare freshwater crab, Potamon fluviatile.

The critically endangered karpathos frog, Pelophylax cerigensis only found here on Karpathos.

A nice hairy plant in the river bed. I've no idea what it is!

Possibly a red veined darter. There were scores of them.

Justine photographing a kotschi's gecko and below. Mediodactylus kotschyi.

Ophrys lutea, a yellow orchid...and below Malcolmia chia.

Another kotschi's gecko.....

What really made my day was this orchid only found on a few islands in the Aegean, Ophrys Aegaea.

Yup, scary rating just 2/10 for today!


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