The Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count

The Western and Southern Islands of Fiji were joint first for both number of Butterflyfish and number of different species.

The Northern region came second as far as number of Butterflyfish went, with the West close behind.

The Central region of Fiji had slightly lower number of Butterflyfish than the other areas, but very similar number of species.

Overall, no area had less than 78% of all the Butterflyfish Species found in Fiji, and the range of number of Butterflyfish seen in 30 minutes counting was 43 – 102, much larger numbers than we expected.

Map of distribution

Western Islands = Mamanuca and Yasawa Group
West = Coral Coast
Southern Islands = Kadavu and Beqa
Centre = Suva
Central Reefs = Vatu-i-Ra & Lomaiviti
North = Savusavu, Taveuni and Kubulau




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