The new “Vegetation map of Sicily (Italy)”: a synthetic overview of the distribution of European habitats on the territory.

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The new "Vegetation map of Sicily (Italy)", recently published (Gianguzzi, Papini &Cusimano, 2015), shows also a synthetic overview of the distribution of European habitatsin the territory; the study area has been extended to small islands circum-Sicilian(archipelago of the Aeolian; Aegadian, Pelagie Ustica and Pantelleria islands), for a totalarea of 25,703 km2.Our work allowed to resume the knowledge status of the phytosociological studies onvegetation carried out and to identify the actual plant landscape of the region; the mapwas compiled in a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) environment, in order toproduce a cartographic representation in 1:10,000 scale (reduced to a 1:250,000 scale).At the reference scale 36 phytocoenotic types are represented, 16 of which related toEuropean habitats of zonal vegetation (Mediterranean maquis, Quercus ilex woods,Quercus suber woods, Castanea sativa woods, Quercus pubescens deciduous woods,mesophilous deciduous woods, Fagus sylvatica woods, Betula aetnensis woods, woodsdominated by woody gymnosperms, forest edge shrubs, orophilous pulvinate shrubs,shrublands and garrigues on substrates of carbonate nature and on substrates of siliceousnature, Ampelodesmos mauritanicus grasslands, mesophilous and sub-hygrophilousgrasslands and pastures), 11 related to azonal vegetation (riparian vegetation,psammophilous herbaceous vegetation, chasmo-halophitic vegetation, etc.) and 9related to anthropogenic vegetation (arable lands and extensive herbaceous crops,vineyards, olive groves and dry cultivation mosaics, hazelnut groves, irrigated citrus grovesand orchards, greenhouses, built-up areas).Gianguzzi L., Papini F., Cusimano D., 2015 – Phytosociological survey vegetation map ofSicily (Mediterranean region). – Journal of Maps:1-7(
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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