Checklist of the Shore and epipelagic fishes of Tonga

Type Article
Date 2004
Language English
Author(s) Randall John E.1, Williams Jeffrey T.2, Smith David G.2, Kulbicki M.3, Tham, G. Mou Tham, G. Mou3, Labrosse Pierre4, Kronen M.4, Clua E.4, Mann B. S.5
Affiliation(s) 1 : Bishop Museum, 1525 Bemïce St., Honolulu, HI 96817-2704, USA.
2 : National Museum ofNatural History, Washington, D.C. 20560, USA.
3 : Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Centre de Nouméa, P.B. A5, Nouméa Cedex, New Caledonia.
4 : Secretariat of the Pacific Community, B.P. D3, 98848 Cedex, Nouméa, New Caledonia
5 : Fisheries Extension Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Tonga
Source Atoll Research Bulletin (00775630) (Smithsonian Institution), 2004 , N. 502 , P. 1-35
DOI 10.5479/si.00775630.502.1
French abstract

A checklist is given below of 1162 species of shore and epipelagic fishes belonging to 111 families that occur in the islands of Tonga, South Pacifie Ocean; 40 of these are epipelagic species. As might be expected, the fish fauna of Tonga is most similar to those of Samoa and Fiji; at least 658 species of the fishes found in Tonga are also known from Fiji and the islands of Samoa. Twelve species of shore fishes are presently known only from Tonga. Specimens of Tongan fishes are housed mainly in the fish collections of the National Museum ofNatural History, Washington D.C.; Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu; Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris; and the Australian Museum, Sydney. Native Tongan names of fishes, when known, are presented after species names

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