Invertebrates

Giant Clam

Mollusks | https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/facts/giant-clam

Giant ClamDescription
Giant Clam Farm Tridacna Gigas Makogai Lomaviti Fiji
Giant Clam
Nudibranchs in Fiji
Nudibranch Blue Angel Glaucus atlanticus
Nudibranch—Blue-Angel-Glaucus-atlanticus
Nudibranch Faithful Sea Slug Chromodoris fidelis.
Nudibranch Faithful Sea Slug Chromodoris fidelis
Nudibranch Halgerda Carlsoni.
Nudibranch Halgerda Carlsoni.
Nudibranch Loch s Chromodoris Chromodoris lochi
Nudibranch Loch s Chromodoris Chromodoris lochi
Nudibranch Sea Slug Phylidia bourguini
Nudibranch Sea Slug Phylidia bourguini
Nudibranch Spanish dancer Hexabranchus sanguineus.
Nudibranch—Spanish-Dancer-Hexabranchus-sanguineus
Corals of Fiji
Brain Coral Platygyra daedalea.
Brain Coral Platygyra daedalea
Candy Cane Coral Caulastrea furcata.
Candy Cane Coral Caulastrea furcata
Finger Coral Acropora humilis.
Finger Coral Acropora humilis
acropora speciosa
Stony Coral Acropora echinata
Common Name | Fiji LobsterLocal NameScientific Name
Golden rock lobsteruraukula, rauvatuvatuPanulirus penicillatus
Painted rock lobsteruraudinaP. versicolor
Whiskered lobsterP. longipipes femoristriga
Ornate rock lobsterurautamataP. ornatus
Slipper lobstervavaba, ivinibilaParribacus caledonicus
Mana Mangrove Mud-LobsterThalassina anomala
Blue Spiny LobsterPanulirus versicolor
Common Name | Shallow Water Marine PrawnsLocal NameScientific Name
Giant tiger prawnurakeirasagaPenaeus monodon
Witch prawnuranicakauP. canaliculatus
Green tiger prawnP. semisulcatus
Western king prawnP. latisulcatus
Greasy prawnMetapenaeus anchistus M. elegans
Banana prawnsP. merguinsis
Common Name | ShrimpsLocal NameScientific Name
Pyjama shrimpParapandalus serratifrons
Striped soldier shrimpPlesionika edwardsii
Striped gladiator shrimpP. ensis
Armed nylon shrimpHeterocarpus ensifer
Mino nylon shrimpH. sibogae
Mino nylon shrimpH. gibosus
Smooth nylon shrimpH. laevigatus
Edible Molluscs | Bivale Fijian Name Scientific Name
Jewel-box shellbu, su sobuChama sp.
Arkshellkaikoso, qeqeAnadara cornea
Hardshell Clamkaidawa, kaibakokoPeriglypta puerperal
Venus Shellkaitakadiri, qaqaGafrarium tumidum
Littleneck Clamkaivdra Tapes literata
Coconut Scraper Cocklekaininiu, sakaroVasticardium sp.
Smooth Giant Clamvasuadina, matauTridacna derasa
Rugose Giant Clamkatavatu, kativatuVasticardium sp.
Fluted Giant ClamcegaTridacna squamosa
Surf Clamsigawale, silawaleAtactodea striata
Mangrove Musselkuku, boroModiolus agripetus
Mangrove OysterdioniveitiriCrassostrea mordax
Thorny Oysterkolakola, saulakiSpondylus ducalis
Pigmy Pearlshellcivaciva, civarePinctada martensi
Gastropods
Spider shellyaga, egaLambis lambis
Red-lipped strombtivikea, gwerativiStrombus luhuanus
Strombgolea, gerraS. gibberulus
Trochus shellsici, leruTrochus niloticus
Top shelltovuTectus pyramis
Moon snaildrevulaPolinices fl emingiani
Polished neritemadrali Nerita polita
Horn shellciciyarayara, durulevuCerithium nodulosum
Turban shelllasawaTurbo chrystomus
Polished neritemadrali Nerita plita
Miscellaneous
ChitontadrukuAcanthozostera gemmata
Green seahareveata, kotiaDolabella auricularia
Black seahareveataika, kotiaikaDolabella sp.
Common Name | Sea CucumberFijian NameScientific Name
Sandfishdairo, teroMetriatyla scabra
Brown Sandfishvula Bohadschia vitiensis
Sea Cucumber mudra, midroStichopus sp.
Black Teatfish loaloa, lolo Microthele nobilis
Surf RedfishtaraseActinopyga mauritiana
White TeatfishsucuwaluMicrothele fuscogilva
Greenfish sucudrauStichopus chloronotus
Lollyfish loiloiHalodeima atra
Blackfishdriloli Actinopyga miliaris
Deep Surf Redfishdri-tabua Actinopyga echinites
Prickly RedfishThelenota ananas
Elephant’s TrunkfishHolothuria fuscopunctata
Curry fish laulevuStichopus variegates
StonefishStichopus variegates
Snails of Fiji
Batik Nerite Snail.
Batik Nerite Snail.
Porcupine Snail Clithon Diadema.
Porcupine Snail Clithon Diadema.
Freshwater Snail Neritina squamaepictaFreshwater Snail Fijidoma Maculata
Flax Shell Placostylus KantavuensisFragile Orpiella Orpiella Fragillima
Malleated Placostyle Placostylus MalleatusThin Fijian Placostyle Placostylus Gracilis
Crabs of FijiDescriptions
Kukadamu Red handed Shore Crab Parasesarma erythrodactyla
Kukaloa Shore Crab Metopograpsus Messor
Lairo Brown Land Crab Cardisoma Carnifex
Mud Crab Scylla Serrata
Coconut Crab Birgus Latro
CentipedeDescriptions
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Gastropod | Gastropoda, the largest group in the phylum Mollusca. The class is made up of the snails, which have a shell into which the animal can generally withdraw, and the slugs, which are snails whose shells have been reduced to an internal fragment or completely lost in the course of evolution. Gastropods are among the few groups of animals to have become successful in all three major habitats: the ocean, fresh waters, and land.  (Britannica)

Invertebrate | Is any animal that lacks a vertebral column, or backbone, in contrast to the cartilaginous or bony vertebrates.  (Wikipedia)

Molluscs | Any soft-bodied invertebrate of the phylum Mollusca, usually wholly or partly enclosed in a calcium carbonate shell secreted by a soft mantle covering the body

Nudibranchs | are a group of soft-bodied marine gastropod molluscs which shed their shells after their larval stage. They are noted for their often extraordinary colours and striking forms. (Britannica)

Art, T. (2022). Finger Coral Acropora humilis [Photograph]. Istock.

Anderson, J. (2022). Nudibranch Lochs Chromodoris Chromodoris lochi [Photograph]. Nudibranch.Org.

Broeder, H. (2022). Macro of a faithful sea slug [Photograph]. IStock.

Curtis, K. (2022). Brain Coral Platygyra daedalea [Photograph]. Getty Images.

Huan, D. (2022). Nudibranch Halgerda Carlsoni. [Photograph]. Getty Images.

iStock (2022). Nudibranch Sea Slug [Photograph].

Rohrlach, S. (2022). Blue Dragon, Glaucus Atlanticus [Photograph]. Getty Images.

Starosta, P. (2022). Nudibranch Spanish Dancer Hexabranchus sanguineus [Photograph]. Getty images.

stock, W. (2022). Candy Cane Coral Caulastrea furcata [Photograph]. Istock.

Stony Coral Acropora echinata [Photograph]. Reef Builders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Name | Fiji LobsterLocal NameScientific Name
Golden rock lobsteruraukula, rauvatuvatuPanulirus penicillatus
Painted rock lobsteruraudinaP. versicolor
Whiskered lobsterP. longipipes femoristriga
Ornate rock lobsterurautamataP. ornatus
Slipper lobstervavaba, ivinibilaParribacus caledonicus
Mana Mangrove Mud-LobsterThalassina anomala
Blue Spiny LobsterPanulirus versicolor