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Wildlife and Habitat

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  • Birds

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    Rose Atoll is the most important seabird colony in the region, providing protected habitat for a large portion of the seabird populations of American Samoa. 

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  • Coral Communities

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    Coral communities at Rose include about 140 species, after surveys through 2007, and are distinctive and quite different from those of the other islands in Samoa.

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  • Fish

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    To date, about 270 species of fish have been recorded and surveys have indicated little change in the reef fish community in the past 15 years. 

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  • Reptiles

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    The two islands at Rose Atoll are important nesting sites for the threatened green turtle in American Samoa. 

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  • Invertebrates

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    Hermit crabs (Coenobita perlatus and C. brevimanus) traverse the sand at night toget to the water’s edge for hydration. They are important scavengers of the terrestrial community.

  • Habitat

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    The two islands provide important nesting and roosting habitat for 12 species of federally protected migratory seabirds including terns, noddies, boobies, frigatebirds, and tropicbirds.  

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Last Updated: Feb 18, 2014
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