List of species on Caroline Island

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Although it remains unclear whether or not the coconut crab is endangered, Caroline Island hosts a substantial population of the arthropod.

Species recorded on Caroline Island, one of the Line Islands in the south-central Pacific Ocean:

Flora[edit]

Trees[edit]

Groves of Pisonia grandis cover the central portions of many islets.
Although not native, coconut palms were planted on many of Caroline's islets in the 1920s and earlier, but are now largely gone.

Shrubs[edit]

Large stretches of Heliotropium foertherianum shrub cover many of Caroline's islets.

Herbs[edit]

Fauna[edit]

Nesting seabirds[edit]

Caroline Island is a major nesting site for the sooty tern.

Other birds[edit]

The bristle-thighed curlew is among the vulnerable species which occasionally visit Caroline Atoll.

Lizards[edit]

Six species of lizards, including Cryptoblepharus poecilopleurus, have been noted on Caroline Island.

Mammals[edit]

Turtles[edit]

The green sea turtle is believed to nest on the beaches of Caroline Island.

Crabs[edit]

Polychaetes[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ P.A. Hutchings (ed) (1984). "Harry A. ten Hove (1984). Towards a phylogeny in serpulids (Annelida; Polychaeta)". Proceedings of the first International Polychaete Conference. Sydney: The Linnean Society of New South Wales. pp. 181–196. ISBN 0-9590535-0-6. 

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