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Tropical Moist Forest

The tiny pockets of rainforest of the small tropical and subtropical islands of the vast Pacific Ocean...

For the page on the reptiles of the Oceanic Pacific Island rainforest


Lamprolepis smaragdina, 'Emerald Tree Skink'.

For the page on the birds of the Oceanic Pacific Island rainforest

Class Mammalia

(Neiafu, Tonga)

Order Chiroptera

Family Pteropodidae 


Pteropus pelewensis, 'Pelew Flying Fox/Fruit Bat'. Infamously included in a 'fruit bat soup' in Micronesia.

(Fruit bat mom with young attached, Palau)

Pteropus tonganus , 'Insular/Pacific Flying Fox'. It is found in rainforest, mangroves and around human habitation. It is the most geographically widespread of all the flying fox in the Pacific; being recorded in New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Niue, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Wallis & Futuna and Fiji.

Places to experience Oceanic Pacific Island rainforest

Countries, islands, resorts, and national parks that have rainforest in the Pacific islands of Oceania include: French PolynesiaPalau, and the Pitcairn Islands.

Throughout the virus I am working in Australia on and off as local borders close, mostly in the Kimberley with Coral Expeditions (May-September). If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.