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Exploring Species

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The Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office works with many threatened and endangered species. Explore the Key Species categories below to learn more about each species type.

  • Birds

    Iiwi bird (Dan Clark)

    With more than 40 listed endangered and threatened bird species throughout the Pacific Islands, PIFWO, with partners, works to conserve endangered and threatened birds and their habitats and ecosystems in order to prevent further species extinction. At least 32 birds species have gone extinct in Hawaii since 1778.

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  • Arthropods

    Blackburn's Sphinx Moth (Ellen VanGelder)

    With more than 20 listed endangered and threatened arthropods in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, PIFWO, with its partners, works to conserve endangered and threatened arthropods and their habitats and ecosystems to help prevent further species extinction. Hawaii’s picture-wing flies are a great example of evolution.

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  • Mammals

    Hawaiian Hoary Bat (Dan Clark)

    By working with partners we protect endangered and threatened mammals and their habitats to prevent further species extinction. Hawaii’s state mammal is the Hawaiian Hoary Bat. There are also bats native to American Samoa, Guam and CNMI and other islands in the Pacific.

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  • Reptiles

    Iiwi bird (Dan Clark)

    We work with partners to conserve endangered and threatened reptiles and their habitats to prevent further species extinction. Although Hawaii has no native land reptiles, other islands in the Pacific have native reptiles, including skinks and even a salt water crocodile.

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  • Snails

    USFWS

    With more than 40 listed endangered and threatened snail species in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, we, with partners, work to conserve endangered and threatened snails and their habitats and ecosystems. Hawaiian tree snails don’t eat plants, they scrape algae off the surface of leaves keeping them clean.

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  • Plants

    USFWS

    With nearly 400 listed endangered and threatened plant species throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, we, with partners, work to conserve endangered and threatened plants and their habitats and ecosystems. In Hawaii, more than 90% of our flora is found nowhere else in the world.

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