There is an abundance of native wildlife that lives on and around Micronesia. These animals range from common dogs and cats to some animal species that are very rare and unusual. Indigenous animal species are few but this group does include fish, insects, shellfish, reptiles, birds and seals.
With a total land area of less than 2 miles the major habitat for animals is the coral reef. There are currently more than 1600 different types of mollusks and hundreds of different fish that abound in Micronesia, Federated States of the Pacific region.
Scuba divers can view the Multicolor Angelfish
(Centropyge multicolor) as well as the Slender Reef-Dameselfish. Yellowband Wrasse
, Blennies and the Pygmy Triplefin
are other species of fish that attract a great deal of attention from visitors.
Throughout Hawaii, Micronesia and the Marshalls region you will also be able to find a variety of Sand Darts
. These small ocean dwelling animals belong to the Kraemeriidae family and they are very quick. An early morning trip to one of the beaches will give you the best chance to catch a glimpse of these Micronesian wonders.
There are some colorful reptiles that live in Micronesia and these animals will provide you with a number of photo opportunities. Look for the Arno skink and the Boettger's skink but remember that you should not try to catch these reptiles. In fact it is widely recommended that you avoid touching any of the indigenous species living on the Micronesian Islands.
You will also be able to experience the beautiful colors of the Micronesian pigeons, capped fruit doves and other native birds. In fact there are many different birds that live and travel throughout Micronesia. This is why many ornithologists come to these islands where critically endangered birds are now being protected.
The Hawaiian Monk seal
also is at home in Micronesia, Hawaii and the Marshalls. The variety of sea life and land dwelling animals is one reason to that you may want to call Micronesia, Federated States of wonder and adventure.