Wildlife of Fiji

Fiji – Wildlife Conservation Society

Fiji’s coral reefs are famouus at a world level and are considered as some of the most  diverse and pristine in the Pacific Ocean. Over 1,200 species of reef fish inhabit the waters surrounding Fiji, including the endangered, the Napoleon wrasse and giant grouper. Fiji’s reefs also support  more than 300 species of hard coral. All in all, the diversity of plants and invertebrates in and around Fiji is remarkable: they are believed to be some 10,000 species in total, many of which have yet to be described by science.

Seven Fijian Islands declared “rat free”

Located to the northeast of Taveuni, Fiji, the Ringgold Islands hold internationally important numbers of nesting seabirds. Seabird populations here, as elsewhere in the Pacific, were suffering because of rats, which eat eggs and nestlings. The Ringgolds are also an important source of natural resources and income for the islands’ landowners.

Fishy Finding in Fiji Tilapia farmed in Fiji is gaining a new reputation as an invasive species that threatens the country’s native fish species.

“Many of the unique freshwater fishes of the Fiji islands are being threatened by introduced tilapia and other forms of development in key water catchment basins,” said Dr. Stacy Jupiter of WCS, who is examining the effects of human activities on Fiji’s native fauna. “Conserving the native fishes of the islands will require a multi-faceted collaboration that protects not only the waterways of the islands, but the ecosystems that contain them.”

A Guide to the Birds of Fiji and Western Polynesia

Much more than just a simple field-guide, this book is an excellent, in-depth overview of the birdlife of Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Niue, Wallis & Futuna, Tuvalu and Tokelau.

This is a completely revised and reformatted edition of the widely acclaimed “Birds of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa” written by the same author in 1982, and now out-of-print. It contains detailed species accounts for the 173 species with confirmed records in the region and notes on a further 22 species with unconfirmed records. Every breeding bird and regular migrant is illustrated on 16 colour plates and the guide has a detailed distributional coverage of the region’s birds and an up-to-date checklist for each of the countries covered. It discusses conservation, with the current status of the region’s avifauna, past and present threats, and priority conservation needs.

More than 750 stunning images of the underwater world of Fiji

Fiji’s wild beauty is a combination of a coffee table book  and identification guide. The book takes readers into the fantastic underwater world of the Fijian Islands and displays many of the inhabitating creatures photographed in their natural environment. To get a good impression on how some extraordinary creatures hide or camouflage themselves there are sometimes several pictures showing critters or fishes in different positions to imagine how they try to be invisible. As many identification guides cover a lot of species and countries, this book is a specific marine life book concentrating just on Fiji which shows that a lot of rare creatures live there, although you might have to be patient to spot or find them. The book starts to give some general impressions of the scenery and then gets into detail.