Tag Archives: Majuro

Nesopupa sp. ‘Majuro’

Majuro Nesopupa Snail (Nesopupa sp.)

This form is known exclusively from a single specimen that was discovered during excavations on the Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands.

The genus is in need of a revision, and this might have been a widespread species, introduced to the atoll by humans, but it might also have been an endemic, now extinct species and is thus mentioned here. [1] 



[1] Carl. C. Christensen; Marshall I. Weisler: Land snails from archaeological sites in the Marshall Islands, with remarks on prehistoric translocations in tropical Oceania. Pacific Science 67(1): 81-104. 2013


edited: 22.04.2019

Acrocephalus sp. ‘Majuro’

Majuro Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus sp.)

A single bone, found on the Majuro atoll in the Marshall Islands, is the only evidence for the former existence of this species. [1]


Interestingly is the fact that old oral traditions of the islanders of at least three atolls (Jaluit, Majuro, Wotho) mention a small songbird which is said to once have been common on the northern islands in the Marshall archipelago. This bird was said to live near the beaches among coral rocks on or near the floor.  

The native name of this bird is, depending to the island, given as AnangAnnan or Annang. [2]



[1] David W. Steadman: Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. University Of Chicago Press 2006 
[2] Dirk H. R. Spennemann: Extinctions and extirpations in Marshall Islands avifauna since European contact-a review of historic evidence. Micronesica 38(2): 253–266. 2006


edited: 21.01.2019