South Pacific Islands

Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Category archives for South Pacific Islands

Vanuatu Lobster

tags: National Geographic, Vanuatu, lobster, biodiversity, image of the day Image: Dr Tin-Yam Chan, University of Keelung. My friends at National Geographic have provided permission for me to share some of the images from the recent discovery of a huge number of new species on and around the south Pacific island of Vanuatu.

Pacific Green Sea Turtles

tags: green sea turtles, Hawaii, landscape, nature, image of the day Egg-laying Green Sea Turtles Pacific green (black) sea turtle Chelonia mydas, Maui, Hawai’i. Image: John del Rio [larger view].

tags: evolution, biogeography, ornithology, birds, avian Kolo Sunset. Photo credit: Christopher E. Filardi, American Museum of Natural History (Click on image for a larger picture). Two of my ornithologist colleagues, Chris Filardi and Rob Moyle, published a paper in the top-tier research journal, Nature. This paper is especially exciting because it shows that oceanic islands…

Sunset Over Maui 2

tags: sunset, Hawaii, landscape, nature, image of the day Sunset Ka’anapali, Maui. Image: John del Rio [larger view].

The Evolution of Poisonous Birds

tags: evolution, Phylogeny, ornithology, chemical defense, Batrachotoxin, poisonous birds, Pitohui, Ifrita, Pachycephalidae, New Guinea The Hooded Pitohui, Pitohui dichrous, endemic to New Guinea, is very unusual because it has poisonous plumage and skin. Image: John Dumbacher. I have been in love with New Guinea since I first read about it as a kid. Everything about…

Storm Cell

tags: storm cell, Hawaii, landscape, nature, image of the day Storm Cell Black Rock, Ka’anapali, Maui. Image: John del Rio [larger view].

Storm Front

tags: stormfront, hawaii, landscape, nature, image of the day Ka’anapali, Maui Image: John del Rio [larger view].

The Indonesian Mimetic Octopus

tags: Indonesian Mimetic Octopus, invertebrates, behavior, streaming video This fascinating creature was discovered in 1998 off the coast of Sulawesi in Indonesia, the mimic octopus is the first known species to take on the characteristics of multiple species. This octopus is able to copy the physical likeness and movement of more than fifteen different species,…

Hawai’ian Birds

tags: pets, cutest kitten in the world, streaming video This video is a 5 minute amateur documentary about Hawai’i’s endangered birds and the causes of their decline. The filmographer writes; “This was somewhat a difficult topic and we suffered from a lack of suitable footage of native birds as most endangered birds are not seen…

tags: Lepidodactylus buleli, new species discovered, Vanuatu gecko, reptiles, Ivan Ineich, Natural History Museum Paris France French scientist, Ivan Ineich, displays a never-before-seen species of gecko at France’s Natural History Museum in Paris. This gecko, formally described with the Latin name, Lepidodactylus buleli, was born in Paris from an egg that was removed from the…