East Caroline Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Major Habitat Type
Drainages flowing into
Main rivers to other water bodies
Nanpil Kiepw, Senipehn, Mahnd, Lehn Mesi (Pohnpei); Malem (Kosrae)
This ecoregion encompasses the easternmost islands of the Caroline Islands, in the Eastern Caroline Basin northerneast of New Guinea. They form part of the Federated States of Micronesia, and include Oruluk Atoll, Senyavin Islands (comprising Pohnpei Island, Ant Atoll, and Pakin Atoll), and Kosrae.
Carolines tropical moist forests [OC0101] terrestrial ecoregion.
Description of endemic fishes
The ecoregion is noted for its four endemic gobies. Sicyopterus eudentatus, Sicyopterus lividus, and Stiphodon caeruleus are located on the islands of Pohnpei and Kosrae, whereas Sicyopus nigriradiatusis only found on Pohnpei. Of these, Stiphodon caeruleus is the most abundant.
Other noteworthy fishes
Sicyopterus eudentatus is listed as Endangered according the IUCN Red List (IUCN 2012).
Justification for delineation
The East Caroline Islands ecoregion was defined on the basis of distinctive (endemic or near-endemic) fish faunas, particularly among gobies.
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