Natural History of Nihoa and Necker Islands

The isolated islands of Nihoa and Necker (Mokumanamana) are the two most southerly of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and have remained virtually untouched since their discovery by westerners in the late 1700s. Although the first Polynesian settlers to these islands have long since departed, Nihoa and Necker still harbor an impressive variety of wildlife. Today almost 1,200 organisms (excluding viruses and bacteria) can be found on and around these islands, with an overwhelming majority of the species being either endemic (found only in Hawaiʻi) or indigenous (naturally occurring in Hawaiʻi but also found elsewhere). Excellent as a resource and guide, Natural History of Nihoa and Necker Islands includes

  • Over 130 full-color images and descriptions of selected plants and animals found on Nihoa and Necker and in the surrounding waters;
  • The first full list of all known plants and animals from each island;
  • An overview of the geology, cultural history, and voyages of exploration of Nihoa and Necker; and
  • Special notation for those plants and animals that are currently listed as rare, endangered, or threatened.

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Edited by Neal L. Evenhuis and Lucius G. Eldredge
ISBN: 1-58178-029-X
Price: $16.95
Date of Publication: 2004
Size: 7 x 10
Pages: 220
Binding: paper