Lake of PilatoLake of Pilato and the Chirocephalus marchesonii
The whole area of lake of Pilato has a natural value unimaginable, there are many varieties of high altitude vegetation that grow here, especially in the scree. In the basin of the lake you can see the Wall Germander, the snow Gentian, the Edelweiss of the Apennines, the Alpine Catchfly, the Dwarf Willow, and the Yellow Poppy of the Apennines. Is not difficult to find birds such as the Alpine Chaffinch and the Kestrel. The Waters of Lago di Pilato watch over the most important of its treasures, the endemic crustacean, the Chirocephalus marchesonii.
The Chirocepahelus marchesonii is a red coral small crustacean, endemic to the Lago di Pilato, all over the world live only in these waters. It has a curious method of swimming with the belly facing up. It reaches a maximum length of between 9 and 12 mm. It Spawns along the shores of the Lake, they hatch only when environmental conditions are favorable, usually in the spring or summer, this feature is that which enables the species to survive in an so hostile environment.
- do not go down by the scree
- bring your waste
- do not throw rocks in the lake
- do not get close to the banks
- do not abandon the existing trails
- do not pick flowers
- do not yell or cause noise if not for reasons of assistance or danger
The legends of Lago di Pilato
J.W. von Goethe
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