tuamotu archipelago

April 11, 2017 - Polynesian Ground-dove (Gallicolumba erythroptera)

These Critically Endangered ground-doves were once found throughout the Society Islands and the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia, but are now seen only in small areas of the Tuamotu Archipelago. Though little is known about the biology of these birds, they are thought to eat seeds, buds, fruit, and leaves, as well as caterpillars and other insects. Their breeding habits are virtually unknown, but chicks have been recorded in January and April and a nest was found in a Pandanus tree. Introduced species, including cats and rats, along with severe storms and habitat loss, led to their decline and extinction on some islands within their former range. Their current population is estimated at under 200 birds.

|Available Island Nations|

Melanesia:

- New Caledonia

- New Guinea

- Santa Cruz

- Bismark Archipelago

- Solomon Islands

Micronesia:

- Mariana Islands

- Caroline Islands

- Marshall Islands

- Kiribati

Polynesia:

- Tuvalu

- Tokelau

- Samoa

- Cook Islands

- Society Islands

- Marquesas Islands

- Tuamotu Archipelago

- Mangareva

- Austral Islands

- Tonga

- Kermadec Islands

- Easter Island

Lyretailed Hogfish (Bodianus anthiodes)

…a species of wrasse (Labridae) that is known to occur throughout the Indo-Pacific, where it ranges from the Red sea to the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia. Lyretailed hogfish typically grow to a length of 25 cm (9.8 in) and feed mainly on echinoderms, molluscs, crustaceans, and the occasional small fish. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Actinopterygii-Perciformes-Labridae-Bodianus-B. anthiodes

Image: Derek Keats

Photo by @pedromcbride // Sharky waters — South Pacific Tuamotu archipelago.
Despite sharks’ tough reputation, their populations are in decline due to high catch rates for shark fins used for a soup and bycatch for other fish species. To capture this image, I had the pleasure to be in the water swimming with these wonderful creatures. #stopsharkfinning #pacific #kayak #wild by natgeo