Biodiversity French Polynesia (PYF)
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Species Families Species Families
Marine 892 112 No 633 Myers, R.F., 1991
Freshwater 47 15 No
Total 920 116 No
Geography and Climate French Polynesia is located in Oceania, archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from South America to Australia. French Polynesia has a tropical climate, but moderate. Terrain consists of mixture of rugged high islands and low islands with reefs. Elevation extreme has the lowest point in Pacific Ocean 0 m and highest point in Mount Orohena 2,241 m. Natural resources are timber, fish, cobalt. Land use: arable land: 1%, permanent crops: 6%, permanent pastures: 5%, forests and woodland: 31%, other: 57% (1993 est.). Natural hazards are occasional cyclonic storms in January. Geography—note: includes five archipelagoes; Makatea in French Polynesia is one of the three great phosphate rock islands in the Pacific Ocean—the others are Banaba (Ocean Island) in Kiribati and Nauru.

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