Mount Harriet National Park
|Mount Harriet National Park|
|Nearest city||Port Blair|
|Area||46.62 square kilometres (18.00 sq mi)|
The Mount Harriet National Park is a national park located in in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands union territory of India. The park, established in 1979, covers about 46.62 km2 (18.00 mi2). The Mount Harriet (383 metres (1,257 ft)) which is part of the park is the third highest peak in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago next to Saddle peak (732 metres (2,402 ft)) in North Andaman and Mount Thullier 568 metres (1,864 ft)) in Great Nicobar.
The park is named in commemoration of Harriet Tytler, the second wife of Robert Christopher Tytler, a British army officer, an administrator, naturalist and photographer, who was appointed Superintendent of the Convict Settlement at Port Blair in the Andamans from April 1862 to February 1864. Harriet is remembered for her work in documenting the monuments of Delhi and for her notes at the time of the Revolt of 1857 in India.
The Mount Harriet National Park was originally a reserve forest which was converted into a national park in 1979. It encompasses an area of 4,662 hectares (11,520 acres), which is likely to be extended to cover an additional area of 1,700 hectares (4,200 acres) to include adjoining mountain ranges and the marine ecosystem on the eastern coast. The mountains in the park are aligned in a north-south direction with the ridges and spurs originating from it aligned in east-west direction. The parks elevation range is from zero at the coast to the peak level of 481 metres (1,578 ft). The eastern face of the park has steep slopes and the beaches here are also formed of rocks interspersed with small sandy areas. The park is drained by many streams which rise in the hills and flow into the sea on the east. The park experiences marine climatic conditions, and hot and humid conditions in view of its proximity to the equator.
The tribal community living in the tropical forest of the park are the Negrito people, who are still in the hunting gathering stage.
The park has evergreen primary forests, and at Chiriyatapu the forest type is mixed deciduous, a combination of primary and secondary forests. The three types of forests are categorized as tropical evergreen, hill top tropical evergreen and littoral. Overall 134 plant and tree species are reported, which consists of 74 are native and 51 introduced species. Some of the plant species in the tropical variety are: Dipterocarpus gracilis, Dipterocarpus grandiflorus, Dipterocarpus kerrii, Endospermum chinensis, Hopea odorata. In the hill top tropical variety the plant species are Canarium manii, Cratoxylum formosum, and Dipterocarpus costatus. The littoral forest species are mainly Manilkara littoralis and Moringa citrifolia.
Introduced species include Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) and chital (Axis axis) apart from ferals. There are 28 species reptiles species (including 14 species, endemic to Andamans) recorded which are mostly lizards and snakes. The amphibian fauna reported are 6 species; 2 species Andaman bull frog (Kaloula baleata ghoshi) and Andaman paddy field frog (Limnonectes andamanensis) are endemic.
The land molluscs consist of six species. The invertebrate species reported are 355 which include insects to the extent of 70%. The well known insect silkmoth genus Samia (Samia cynthia) has been recorded in the park in lowland forest areas up to 365 metres (1,198 ft). In addition, larvae of Samia fulva were noted eating the leaves of Zanthoxylum rhetsa (Rutaceae) and Heteropanax fragrans (Araliaceae). 
Avifauna identified by the Bird Life International (IBA) covers an area of 5,662 ha. The trigger species identified by IBA includes seven Near Threatened species which are the: Andaman wood pigeon (Columba palumboides), Andaman cuckoo-dove (Macropygia rufipennis), Andaman scops-owl (Otus balli), Andaman boobook (Ninox affinis), Andaman woodpecker (Dryocopus hodgei), Andaman drongo (Dicrurus andamanensis), and Andaman treepie (Dendrocitta bayleyi); there are also two species of Least Concern, which are Andaman coucal (Centropus andamanensis) and White-headed starling (Sturnus erythropygius).
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