Terrestrial Biodiversity Of The Austral Islands, French Polynesia by Jean-yves MeyerTerrestrial Biodiversity Of The Austral Islands, French Polynesia by Jean-yves Meyer

Terrestrial Biodiversity Of The Austral Islands, French Polynesia

EditorJean-yves Meyer, Elin M. Claridge

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As part of a larger research program aiming to inventory and evaluate the terrestrial biodiversity of French Polynesia, a series of multidisciplinary scientific expeditions were conducted in 2002, 2003, and 2004 to the five inhabited Austral Islands-Raivavae, Rapa, Rimatara, Rurutu, and Tubuai-at the southernmost tip of this French collectivity. This book contains the findings of those expeditions.

The primary goals of these studies were to: identify and characterize the Austral Islands' terrestrial and freshwater native habitats, in order to assess their conservation status; to localize the natural areas of high ecological value; to conduct exhaustive inventories of native and alien vascular plant species and animals (mainly birds, mollusks, insects, and other arthropods); to estimate the distribution and abundance of threatened species and assess their conservation status; to identify past and current threats to species and their habitats; to study the dynamics and evolution of the terrestrial biota compared with historic data; and to propose recommendations for biodiversity conservation and natural resource management. Taken as a whole, the obtained results have greatly improved our knowledge of the ecology, biogeography, and evolutionary and conservation biology of the Austral Islands terrestrial biota.
Jean-Yves Meyer is a plant ecologist and conservation biologist. He has been working on the terrestrial biodiversity of French Polynesia for the past twenty years as a senior research scientist at the Délégation à la Recherche de la Polynésie française (French Polynesian Department of Research) based in Tahiti. He was responsible for o...
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Title:Terrestrial Biodiversity Of The Austral Islands, French PolynesiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 11.75 × 8.25 × 0.5 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:French National Museum Natural HistoryLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Multidisciplinary Scientific Expeditions to Assess the Terrestrial Biodiversity of the Austral Islands
Jean-Yves Meyer & Elin M. Claridge

The Austral Island in French Polynesia
Jean-Yves Meyer

Geology
An Atypical Hotspot Chain
René Maury, Christelle Legendre, Chatherine Chauvel, Gérard Guille, Sylvain Blais, Hervé Guillou & Philippe Rossi

Fauna
The Birds: an Unbalanced but Unique Avifauna
Jean-Claude Thibault

A Global Overview of the Terrestrial and Freshwater Molluscs
Olivier Gargominy & Benoît Fontaine

Insects and Spiders
Elin M. Claridge, Jessica E. Garb, Rosemary G. Gillespie & Diana M. Percy

Odonata and Selected Aquatic Insect Taxa
Ronald Englund

Vegetation
Vascular Flora, General Traits and Main Threats
Jean-Yves Meyer, Hervé Chevillote & Timothy J. Motley

Vegetation Types and Map of Rapa
Timothy J. Motley, Alfred Luongo & Jean-Yves Meyer

The Paleobotanical Record of Rapa: Indications for the Phytogeography
Matthew Prebble

Sandalwood, Current State of Knowledge and Implications for Conversation and Enhancement
Jean-Francois Butaud, Jean-Pierre Bianchini, Jean-Marc Bouvet, Vincent Gaydou, Émeline Lhuillier, Phila Raharivelomanana & Fanny Rives

“Mikaka Rapa”: Taro Cultivars of Rapa
Timothy J. Motley & Roland Fenstemacher

Annexes
Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Addresses of the Authors