Fishes of Nationa Park of American Samoa

alogo surgeon fishFishes of the National Park of American Samoa is an illustrated list of fishes recorded from waters in and near the park. If illustrations are available, thumbnail pictures link to enlarged photos.

Or, you can browse pages of illustrations arranged by family. With some browsers holding your curser on the image will pop up the fish name. (There, clicking on any image links to the enlarged photo).

The principal source of the fishes listed here is from:
Wass, R. C. 1984. An annotated checklist of the fishes of American Samoa. U. S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Technical Report NMFS SSRF-781. Rockville, Maryland. View report in pdf.

The majority of illustrations were generously provided by Richard C. Wass, Office of Marine and Wildlife Resources, American Samoa Government. Richard Wass, now retired, was most recently Refuge Manager of the Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge, Hilo Hawaii.

Names of fishes listed here are based upon John Randall, 2005, Reef and Shore Fishes of the Indo-Pacific. University of Hawaii Press.

This website was developed from the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring website -- now publically available for searches at https://irma.nps.gov/App/Species/Search. The data are from a report on fishes of the National Park of American Samoa dated December 15, 2008.

Peruse the marvelous reef fish ecosystem shown here with a wistful sense of impending loss. The 2009 Report to the Congress Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States foretells its doom by this mid-century from a lethal combination of increasing ocean acidity and warming caused by human induced increase in CO2. View excerpts related to coral reef ecosystems, or download the entire report to the Congress (13.09 mb pdf)

Fish Base is an excellent website for detailed information about fishes worldwide.

Learn more about the NPSpecies Inventorying and Monitoring Program.

National Park Service contacts: <harryb001@hawaii.rr.com> or <tavita_togia@nps.gov>

Page last updated 24 July 2014.

 

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