Location: 16.7N, 145.8E
Elevation: 549m (1,801 ft.)
Area 4.9 sq. km
Island Type: volcanic cone, radially dissected, coastal cliffs
Sarigan is a Holocene stratovolcano with no known historic eruptions. The island is 95 nautical miles north of Saipan and 1.9 square miles in area. It is an inactive volcano. The island has numerous ravines and valleys with dense tropical vegetation. Perpendicular cliffs surround it, make landing difficult.
Natural Threats: cyclones.
Human Impact: formerly inhabited.
Ecosystems: rain forest in ravines, Miscanthus grassland on upper slopes.
Special features: archaeological sites; feral goats and pigs; proposed as marine sanctuary.
Species of conservation interest
Plants: 128 species recorded.
Birds: Megapodius laperouse laperouse (Marianas Megapode) group endemic subspecies, Rare(RDB) 10-15 reported 1978.
Protected under the constitution (strict nature reserve, I) 500 ha.
Natural conservation status 2.
Ecosystem richness 1.
Species richness 1.
Economic pressure 0.
Human threat 0.
Natural vulnerability 1.
Practicality of conservation action 3.
Reliability of data 1.
Human Impact 0.
Conservation Importance 15
Uracas Maug Ascuncion Agrigan Pagan Alamagan Guguan Sarigan Anatahan Medinilla
Saipan Tinian Aguihan Rota Guam
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