When we speak of flora and fauna, we should especially have the high value of the "local" variety of plants, fungi and animals in mind. In the richly structured cultural landscape of past centuries, the regional biodiversity could unfold itself remarkably. New and more intensive farming methods on, the other Hand, support, unfortunately, the opposite.
Palpen- or Buttonrunner, Eucoenenia spelaea
The nature of these tiny, eyeless soil animal group from the class of arachnids was a discovered few decades ago for the
first time at the surroundings of the Erlaufcanyon. To date, no other place in Austria is known, where you can find these special creatures as numerous as in the Erlaufcanyon.
The Small Rehschröter, Platycerus caraboides
A very rare kind of stag beetle
This kind reaches ist northwestern Distribution Limit at the source streams of the Erlauf.
The males of this Moth-kind are diurnal, the females nocturnal.
Broadleaf- or Prealp-Spindletree,
A very frequent shrub in the environment of the Erlaufcanyon.
Cow or Pasque kind, Pulsatilla oenipontana
now only encountered extremely rarely, it used to be common at the Schauboden-Hochries region.
White pine, Scots pine, Pinus sylvestris
A characteristic species on the Erlaufschlucht