Country Data Sets for Pacific Biodiversity Information
You are currently viewing French Polynesia
Population: 259,596 (2007)
Land Area: 3,660 sq km
No. of Islands: 118 islands and atolls
Lat/Long (Capital): 15′S, 140′W
Terrain: combination of mountainous high islands and low atolls with reefs
Climate: moderate tropical
Common Flora: Interior rainforests characterize the higher islands, while the atolls have ground covers, such as Sesuvium, and salt-hardy trees, like Coconut palms.
Common Fauna: 50+ native species of birds, as well as migratory species. The greatest variety of fauna is in the marine environment, with a wide variety of fish and crustaceans.
Notes: There are five archipelagoes in French Polynesia, the Society Islands, the Marquesas, the Gambiers and the Australs are all mountainous volcanic islands, and the Tuamotus are low-lying coral atolls