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Moho Tani (Mohotani, sometimes also called Molopu or Motane) is an uninhabited island southeast of Hiva Oa and east of Tahuata in the southern Marquesas Islands. It has an area of 15 km² and belongs to the commune of Tahuata. Much of the island's sparse vegetation has been destroyed by feral goats and sheep, to the extent that following its rare rains, the sea around it is stained red from runoff.

It is reported that at one time the island was inhabited by a clan of called the “Moi a Tiu”, but that population has long since been wiped out by disease and war, the few survivors having departed for Hiva ʻOa.

In 1992, the island and its surrounding smaller islands (including Terihi) were officially protected by the declaration of the Motane Nature Reserve.

See also


  • Christian, F.W. Eastern Pacific Lands, Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands. London, 1910.

10°00′S 138°50′W / 10.000°S 138.833°W / -10.000; -138.833