Lampione

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Lampione
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Geography
Location Mediterranean Sea
Coordinates 35°33′N 12°19′E / 35.550°N 12.317°E / 35.550; 12.317Coordinates: 35°33′N 12°19′E / 35.550°N 12.317°E / 35.550; 12.317
Archipelago Pelagie Islands
Area 0.036 km2 (0.014 sq mi)
Administration
Italy
Region Sicily
Province Agrigento
Comune Lampedusa e Linosa
Demographics
Population 0

Lampione (Sicilian: Lampiuni, English: Lantern) is a small rocky island located in the Mediterranean Sea, which belongs geographically to the Pelagie Islands and administratively to the comune of Lampedusa e Linosa, Province of Agrigento, region of Sicily, Italy. It is about 200 metres (656 feet) long and 180 metres (591 feet) across, and has an area of 4 hectares (9.9 acres) and a highest elevation of 36 metres (118 feet).

The islet is uninhabited, the only building being a lighthouse. According to legend, the island was a rock which had fallen from the hands of a cyclops.[citation needed]

Lampione is part of the Riserva Marina Isole Pelagie, and its vegetation and wildlife are strictly protected. Animal species include the endemic Podarcis filfolensis ssp. laurentimulleri (also found on Linosa), which is a subspecies of Maltese Wall Lizard, numerous migrating birds, and the Armadillidium hirtum pelagicum, a land crustacean. The waters are populated by sharks, including the sandbar shark, groupers, lobsters, and varieties of yellow and pink coral.

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