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Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park; the largest terrestrial-maritime reserve in the European Western Mediterranean Sea, characterised by volcanic rock formations and a drought-adapted flora: low-growing vegetation, dwarf fan palms and a number of xerophytes, some of which are endemic to the park, including the pink snapdragon (Antirrhinum charidemi) are typical of this semi-desertic climate, with the lowest rainfall in whole Europe (90-120 mm. annually). Its coasts have seagrass beds of the Posidonia genus and offshore coral reefs, both dramatically increasing the numbers of resident and transient marine species. It lives in one of the warmest waters in the Mediterranean sea, which provides of refuge to some subtropical and colourful African species, such flamingos, demersal fish and epibenthic crustaceans.

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