With a geological age of less than 4 million years and barely 4 centuries of settlement, the island offers the world a spectacle of rare singularity.

Symphysanodon pitondelafournaisei
This beautiful 6 inch fish lives in open water between 1300 and 1600 feet deep. A similar species was discovered in the same conditions after a Hawaiian volcano erupted in the ocean.
(Drawing: Alain DIRINGER)

 

Neocentropogon barrieri
Discovered in 2007, this small scorpion fish of less than 4 inches lives in depths from 600 to 1500 feet, where it hunts shellfish and other small fish.
(Drawing: Alain DIRINGER)

 

Syzygops lemagneni (female)
This small weevil measuring between 0,16 and 0,2 inches lives in arborescent ferns above 3000 feet high, in "la Plaine des Fougères" in Sainte-Marie.
(Photo: Rémy LEMAGNEN) 
 

 

Chromis durvillei
Discovered thanks to the lava flows of 2007, this beautiful lady of 3,5 inches is different from her "cousins" of the reef with her big eyes better adapted to the faint light of her biotope, at least 650 feet in the rocks.
(Drawing: Alain DIRINGER)

 

Dryophtorus sp.
This tough-looking tiny beetle of around 0,1 inches is currently being described. Found in 2008 in the topsoil at Takamaka, above 4000 feet of altitude.
(Photo: Rémy LEMAGNEN) 

Alpheus sp.
This magnificent small pistol shrimp of around 1,2 inches has been spotted on the west coast.
She lives in a burrow along with a goby fish, with whom she remains connected through her antennae.
(Photo: Alain DIRINGER)

 

Calidris melanotos
This spotted sandpiper was first observed on the island in January 2008.
It is a migratory shorebird that breeds in the northern hemisphere beyond the Arctic Circle.
(Photo: Jean Michel PROBST)

 

Cossonus sp.
This new species of around 0,2 inches is found in the forest soil of "la Plaine des Fougères" in Sainte-Marie, towards 4500 feet of altitude.
(Photo: Rémy LEMAGNEN) 

 

You can observe astonishing wildlife at each turn of a trail.
Birds are without a doubt the first inhabitants of Reunion Island. Today, around twenty native species (of which 6 are endemic) still live in the Reunion skies.
5000 species of insects are estimated to be around, of which only 200 are currently known. There are over 500 species of spiders, 54 species of shellfish, 21 species of freshwater fish and 9 species of crustaceans.

Unique fauna:  you will have the opportunity to also observe the wildlife hidden on the island, the gecko of Manapany or the tuit-tuit, a small forest bird that will sometimes accompany you during your hikes.

All these photos can be found in the 2010 calendar (zipped pdf format 1,3Mb).