Lake Lanoto'o

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Lake Lanoto'o

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    470 ha
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    13°54'S 171°50'W
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Lake Lanoto'o. 07/10/04; Tuamasaga; 470 ha; 13°5418 S, 171°5002 W. National Park. The Ramsar Site lies in the central highlands of the main island of Upolu and consists of three small crater lakes, Lake Lanotoo, Lanoataata and Lanoanea. The Lakes are among the few remaining near-pristine crater lakes in the Samoas biogeographic region. The Site is part of the larger catchment above the capital city, Apia, and covers an area of 8,500 hectares which includes its two sub-catchments, Vaisigano and Fuluasou. Lake Lanotoo feeds the headwaters of the Fuluasou river system which is a very important source of water for Apia. The Lake also supplies water for the south-west side of Upolu. The Site supports endemic bird species such as the endangered Tooth-billed Pigeon (Didunculus strigirostris), and the endangered Mao (Gymnomyza samoensis), as well as the Samoan Starling (Aplonis atrifusca), Samoan Whistler (Pachycephala flavifrons), Samoan Broadbill (Myiagra Albiventris) and Samoan Triller (Lalage Sharpei). The endangered Samoan Bush Palm (Clinostigma samoense) is also found at the Site. Land uses in the surrounding areas consist of cattle farms and small-scale plantations. Ramsar site no. 1412. Most recent RIS information: 2012.

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