Re: NANFA-- Pacific Island fish

Greg Watkins-Colwell (
Fri, 14 Jun 2002 15:26:44 -0400

on 6/14/02 11:19 AM, Al G Eaton at wrote:

> I doubt it, Rapa Nui has no surface running water, so
> I don't know how fish would colonize such an island.
> Even the flora is sparse.

thanks. Allow me to rephrase the question. I work at a museum of natural
history and we have specimens collected in 1980 on Rapa Island which I am
currently sifting through and identifying/cataloging. Among the common
oceanic geckos and skinks are 3 fish (gobies). Given that this particular
collector did mostly highland collecting, I am assuming that these are
freshwater fish. However, they could easily be tidal pool fish too. Where
should I start? Is there a basic book that could serve as a starting point
for near shore and freshwater fish of this region, even if not specific to
this island?



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