Mobilizing Fiji’s macro-moth collection data to enhance knowledge and encourage biodiversity protection

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Nyctemera baulus Boisduval, 1832

Asian magpie moth (Nyctemera baulus), Fiji, from iNaturalist Research-grade Observations. Photo by Mark Rosenstein licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0


Although moth collecting has been ongoing in Fiji since 1975, one primary reason that the island country's national IUCN Red List is considered incomplete is the lack of sufficient data for Fijian invertebrates. Ongoing habitat loss may be threatening species as yet undiscovered, adding urgency to the wider need for more information about these species.

This project aims to ensure that:

  • Preliminary identifications for all physical specimens are verified and curated

  • All moth data collected in Fiji is properly catalogued and made available

In addition to serving as a first step toward mobilizing important Fijian biodiversity data, this project will help identify moth specimens collected during other biodiversity surveys and rapid assessments in Fiji and across the Pacific, providing an important baseline data for future moth research.

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Type of grant
Institution-level biodiversity data mobilization grant
1 June 2017 - 31 July 2018
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Contact details

Siteri Tikoca, Conservation Officer
P.O. Box 2041, Government Buildings, Suva
Suva, Fiji Islands

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