Country Data Sets for Pacific Biodiversity Information
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Population: 19,907 (2007 est.)
Land Area: 458 sq km
No. of Islands: 2 main
Lat/Long (Capital): 41′S, 174′E
Terrain: predominately mountainous with some large coastal plains
Climate: temperate with sharp regional contrasts between north and south
Common Flora: Pandanus palms, bananas, coconut, frangipani and the Pacific banyan are common tree species. 179 species of plants and trees have been recorded, including the tomano tree, one of the few indigenous trees.
Common Fauna: There are 8 endemic birds, as well as many other bird species that are found in other places as well. Palau is also home to threatened species such as dugongs and saltwater crocodiles.
Notes: With over 500 known species of corals and over 1,000 species of fish, Palau is considered one of the “Seven Underwater Wonders of the World”