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ID Misool.PNG
Location of Misool
Maluku Islands en.png
Location South East Asia
Archipelago Raja Ampat Islands
Highest elevation 535 m (1,755 ft)
Aerial traps of the pitcher plant Nepenthes sp. Misool.

Misool, formerly spelled Mysol, is one of the four major islands in the Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), Indonesia. Its area is 2,034 km². The highest point is 535 m and the main towns are Waigama, located on the island's northern coast, and Lilinta.

The inhabitants speak the Biga language and Matbat language, as well as Indonesian.[1][2]

Other main islands of this group off the western end of West Papua are Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo, and there are numerous smaller islands such as Kofiau.[3]



  1. ^ Ethnologue - Biga
  2. ^ Ethnologue - Matbat
  3. ^ Traditional kingdoms of Maluku, early 15th century, and the spheres of influence of Ternate and Tidore, early 16th century
  4. ^ Allen, G.R., Hadiaty, R.K. & Unmack, P.J. (2014): Melanotaenia flavipinnis, a new species of Rainbowfish (Melanotaeniidae) from Misool Island, West Papua Province, Indonesia, aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, 20 (1): 35-52.
  5. ^ Allen, G. 1996. Melanotaenia misoolensis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 4 August 2007.

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Coordinates: 1°53′41″S 130°5′1″E / 1.89472°S 130.08361°E / -1.89472; 130.08361