Central Indian Ocean Islands bioregion
- 55Total Land Area (1000 ha)
- 1Number of Ecoregions
- 33%Protection Target
- 4Protection Level
The Central Indian Ocean Islands bioregion is part of the Indian Subcontinent subrealm within Indomalaya. It contains one ecoregion — Maldives-Lakshadweep-Chagos Archipelago Tropical Moist Forests  —totaling approximately 55 thousand hectares of land area and consisting primarily of the marine areas surrounding the Maldives, Lakshadweep, and Chagos -- three volcanic island groups in the Indian Ocean that together form a vast underwater mountain range, the Chagos-Laccadive Plateau. Known mostly for its biodiverse coral reef system, the islands themselves provide critical habitats for seabirds and turtles.
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