Afrotropical / Island systems

Madagascar: the oldest island on Earth, the eighth continent, Lemuria, the “Promised Land of the naturalist”. A privileged corner of the world, richness of life in all its forms, world center of diversity of chameleons, primates, baobabs, geckos and endless evolutionary wonders. Transoceanic voyages, radiations, alopatry, vicariances, anachronisms, disharmonies, relictualism, insular syndromes, cryptic biodiversity, taxonomic derangements, species not yet described … There is no other land mass equivalent in size, which exceeds its richness and endemicity in so many taxonomic levels.