Pioneer species

Galapagos Wildlife: Lava cactus © David Gifford

The lava cactus is a great example of a pioneer species that can thrive where little else can survive © David Gifford

Pioneer species are the first species to inhabit previously uninhabited environments, such as the bare rock of the Galapagos Islands. They are often simple organisms with a high resilience and the ability to produce their own food. Lava cacti are an example of a pioneer species.

Pioneer species features on these pages:

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Glossary of Galapagos