Amirantes

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Amirantes

 

a group of 150 low coral islands in the Indian Ocean, north-northeast of Madagascar. Area, 83 sq km. They are governed by the British Seychelles. There are coconut palm plantations; the major products are copra, fish, and turtles. The Amirantes were discovered in 1502 by the Portuguese, who named them Ilnas de Almirante (Admiral’s Islands) in honor of Vasco da Gama.

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About 70 miles west lie the northernmost islands of the Amirantes, one of the outer groups of islands much loved by couples seeking a quiet romantic getaway.
Kensley, et al., 23-26 Mar 1985; BPBM 35567, 3: 15-29 mm, Seychelles, Amirantes, Poivre Atoll, north side, reef, 13 m, rotenone, J.
Distribution: Specimens of Chromis fieldi have been examined or records verified from Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, KwaZulu-Natal, Seychelles (including Amirantes), Comoro Islands, Reunion, Mauritius, Cargados Carajos Shoals, Chagos Archipelago, Maldive Islands, southern Oman, Socotra in the Gulf of Aden, Sri Lanka, Mentawai Islands (Sumatra), and Christmas Island.
Desroches Island is part of the Amirantes archipelago, a chain of 25 coral islands.
The outer coral island such as the Amirantes, Farquhar and Aldabra groups low lying and sandy.
The other islands in the Aldabra group, along with the Farquhars and Amirantes (sandy cays to the west and north of Madagascar, respectively) have probably emerged only within the last 15,000 years.