Lampione ( _it. Lantern) is a small rocky island located in the
Mediterranean Sea, which belongs geographically to the Pelagie Islandsand administratively to the " comune" of Lampedusa e Linosa( Sicilyregion). It is 700 metre long and 180 metre across with the highest point on the island lying at 36 metres: the area is 1.2 km².
The islet is uninhabited, the only building being an out of work
lighthouse. According to a legend, the island was a rock which had fallen from the hands of a cyclops.
Lampione is part of the Riserva Marina Isole Pelagie, and its vegetation and wildlife are strictly protected. Animal life include numerous migrating birds and the "
Armadillidiumhirtum pelagicum", a land crustacean. The waters are populated by sharks, including the species " Carcharhinus plumbeus", gropers, lobsters and varieties of yellow and pink coral.
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