Endemic Animals of Palau








Nautilus belauensis
Nautilus belauensis
The Palau nautilus, Nautilus belauensis, is mainly found in Palau in the Western Carolines as its name suggests. It can be found on fore reef slopes in depths ranging from 95m to 504m but typically prefers to remain within 150-300m where water temperatures range between 16.6 to 9.4ºC. N. belauensis are highly mobile epibenthic scavenging herbalist and opportunistic predators that rely mostly on scent detection. They are active both diurnally and ...
nocturnally within the preferred depth range although most shallow-water-incursions are usually nocturnal events that coincide with greatly diminished fish activities.
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Nautilus belauensis
Rusty-capped kingfisher
Rusty-capped kingfisher
The rusty-capped kingfisher or Palau kingfisher is a species of bird in the family Alcedinidae. It is endemic to Palau. The natural habitat of this species is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It was formerly considered to be a subspecies of the Micronesian kingfisher.
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Rusty-capped kingfisher
Palau ground dove
Palau ground dove
The Palau ground dove is a species of bird in the family Columbidae. It is endemic to Palau, living in forests. The IUCN has assessed it as an endangered species.
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Palau ground dove
Palau fantail
Palau fantail
The Palau fantail is a species of bird in the fantail family Rhipiduridae. It is endemic to Palau.
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Palau fantail
Palau bush warbler
Palau bush warbler
The Palau bush warbler is a species of Old World warbler in the family Cettiidae. It is found only in Palau.
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Palau bush warbler
Dusky white-eye
Dusky white-eye
The dusky white-eye is a species of bird in the family Zosteropidae. It is endemic to Palau.
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Dusky white-eye
Giant white-eye
Giant white-eye
The giant white-eye, or Palau greater white-eye is a species of bird in the family Zosteropidae. It is monotypic within the genus Megazosterops. It is endemic to Palau, where its natural habitat is tropical moist lowland forest. The species is currently classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN due to likely habitat loss and the possibility of the establishment of the invasive brown tree snake on the island.
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Giant white-eye
Micronesian megapode
Micronesian megapode
The Micronesian megapode or Micronesian scrubfowl is an endangered megapode which inhabits islands of the Western Pacific Ocean.
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Micronesian megapode
Palau owl
Palau owl
The Palau owl is a species of owl in the family Strigidae. Palau owls are dark reddish brown with small white dots scattered across their feathers. They are endemic to the Pacific Palau Islands, where they are found in woodland and lagoon trees, ravines and mangrove swamps. Palau owls nest in hollows of trees, live in groups and are territorial.
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Palau owl
Palau flycatcher
Palau flycatcher
The Palau flycatcher is a species of bird in the family Monarchidae. It is endemic to Palau.
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Palau flycatcher
Palau swiftlet
Palau swiftlet
The Palau swiftlet is a species of swift in the family Apodidae. It is endemic to Palau.
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Palau swiftlet
Sooty shrikethrush
Sooty shrikethrush
The sooty shrikethrush is a species of bird in the family Pachycephalidae. It is found in the New Guinea Highlands. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
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Sooty shrikethrush
Cornufer pelewensis
Cornufer pelewensis
Cornufer pelewensis, commonly known as Palau frog or Palau wrinkled ground frog, is a species of frog in the family Ceratobatrachidae. It is endemic to Palau.
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Cornufer pelewensis
Palau Island dtella
Palau Island dtella
The Palau Island dtella is a species of gecko. It is endemic to the Palau Islands.
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Palau Island dtella
Palau Island blind snake
Palau Island blind snake
The Palau Island blind snake is a species of snake in the Typhlopidae family.
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Palau Island blind snake
Pelew flying fox
Pelew flying fox
The Pelew flying fox is a species of megabat in the genus Pteropus found in the Pelew Islands. A subspecies found on Yap, the Yap flying fox, is considered as a separate species by some authorities. The species is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN due to commercial and small-scale hunting; commercial hunting for the species was banned in 1994, but local exploitation is commonplace. The species is listed on CITES appendix I.
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Pelew flying fox
Nautilus stenomphalus
Nautilus stenomphalus
Nautilus stenomphalus, also known as the white-patch nautilus, is a species of nautilus native to the Great Barrier Reef. N. stenomphalus is very similar to N. pompilius and may in fact represent a subspecies. It is separated by the absence of a thickened callus and the presence of white patches in the umbilical and shoulder regions of the shell. The sheaths of this species have scalloped edges compared with the smooth sheaths of N. pompilius. ...
N. stenomphalus also differs slightly in hood ornamentation. The shell is usually up to around 180 mm in diameter, although the largest specimen ever recorded measured 201 mm.
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Nautilus stenomphalus
Aaadonta constricta
Aaadonta constricta
Aaadonta constricta is a species of land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Endodontidae. It is endemic to Palau, where it is known from the islands of Babeldaob, Ngemelis, Peleliu and Koror. It may be extirpated from Koror. It is threatened by habitat destruction and modification.
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Aaadonta constricta
Aaadonta fuscozonata
Aaadonta fuscozonata
Aaadonta fuscozonata is a species of air-breathing land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusc in the family Endodontidae. This species is endemic to Palau, where it is known from Koror and Peleliu, and the small islands of Ngemelis and the northern Rock Islands. This snail inhabits tropical moist lowland forest, and is threatened by the destruction and modification of its habitat.
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Aaadonta fuscozonata
Aaadonta irregularis
Aaadonta irregularis
Aaadonta irregularis is a species of snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Endodontidae. It is endemic to Palau, where it was only known from Peleliu, but has only been found recently on the very small island of Omekang. It is threatened by the destruction and modification of its tropical moist lowland forest habitat.
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Aaadonta irregularis
Aaadonta constricta babelthuapi
Aaadonta constricta babelthuapi
Aaadonta constricta babelthuapi is a subspecies of land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Endodontidae. It is endemic to Palau, where it was previously known from Babeldaob and Ngemelis. It is now only known from Ngatpang. It is threatened by destruction or modification of its habitat.
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Aaadonta constricta babelthuapi
Aaadonta constricta constricta
Aaadonta constricta constricta
Aaadonta constricta constricta is a subspecies of land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Endodontidae.
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Aaadonta constricta constricta