Collection Data

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Fiji, Yaqara Bay 2005

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The Fiji 2005 collection is part of the Yaqara Bay Biodiversity Inventory Project. A planned inventory of macrofaunal invertebrate species designed to be comprehensive and collaborative. The 2,100 hectares adjacent to the bay have been scheduled for city-scale residential and commercial development by the Yaqara Group Limited. An inventory of Yaqara Bay both prior and subsequent to the development will be taken for potential consideration in establishing a Marine Protected Area. By initiating this study early in the development process, it is anticipated that construction will proceed within a framework that is sensitive to the need to sustain biodiversity and ecosystem stability.


PI: Stephen Dunbar, funding from Fiji Water, Yaqara Group and Loma Linda University

Publications resulting from project:

Fiji Time Newspaper, Thursday, August 28, 2003, “Researchers focus on the small fry”

38th European Marine Biology Symposium, September 8 - 12, 2003, “Marine cryptofauna of Yaqara Bay, Fiji: finding the fauna before and after development.” Poster.

Today, Thursday, June 10, 2004, “Natural science professor conducts study in Fiji”

Fiji Times Newspaper, Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Fiji One TV News, Sunday, January 23, 2005

Fiji Times Newspaper, Tuesday, February 1, 2005, “Expert pioneers Yaqara Bay project”

Fiji One TV News, Friday, February 4, 2005

Vancouver Aquarium AquaNews, Friday, June 17, 2005,

Bay of Plenty Yaqara Bay Biodiversity Inventory Home Page,

Nomura, K. & Anker, A. (submitted 2006). The taxonomic identity of Alpheus gracilipes Stimpson, 1860 (Decapoda: Caridea: Alpheidae), with description of five new cryptic species, mainly from Japan. Crustacean Research.

Anker, A. & Marin, I. (in prep 2006). The alpheid shrimp genus Leptalpheus Williams, 1965 in the Indo-West Pacific (Crustacea: Decapoda), with description of a new species from the Philippines.

Anker, A., Ahyong, S. T., Noel, P. Y., Palmer, A. R. (2006). Morphological phylogeny of alpheid shrimps: parallel preadaptation and the origin of a key morphological innovation, the snapping claw. Evolution, 60(12):2507-2528.

Collection Location and Dates

Yaqara Bay, north coast of Viti Levu
Dates: 1/19/05 to 2/7/05
Coordinates: 17infinity18.586' to 17infinity23.723' S and from 177infinity54.462' to 178infinity01.076' E. Depth range from 15 to 52 feet.

Taxonomic Contents

A total of 1,087 specimen lots were collected.
512 crustaceans
244 molluscs
210 polychaetes
56 echinoderms
20 fishes
18 sipunculids
9 platyhelminthes
4 nemerteans
3 echiurans
3 ascidaceans
3 cnidarians
2 insects
1 foram
1 brachiopod


The Yaqara Bay Biodiversity Inventory Project (YBBIP) report summaries the 2003 and 2004 collecting events. Yaqara Bay is located on the north shore of Viti Levu and was inventoried for macrofaunal invertebrates prior to the proposed major development activities (hotels and marinas).

Description of Collection

Fine sorted lots of 70% and 95% ethanol preserved benthic invertebrates. Polychaetes were fixed in 10% formalin and then preserved in 70% ethanol. All other phyla (non-polychaetes) were preserved directly in 70% or 95% ethanol as indicated on the specimen label. Specimens are housed in museum MBPC/Polychaete Collection Range (basement).

Collection Inventory

Ca. 180 2-32 ounce jars with 1,087 specimen lots.

Collection Assets

Date View or Retrieve File Information
08/05/2008 View [1727.8 kB] Brachyura. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [1633.5 kB] Vial with crustaceans. Photo by K. Omura.
08/05/2008 View [341.6 kB] Calappid crab from Viti Levu, southside of island. Photo by K. Omura.
03/07/2007 Retrieve [4541.7 kB] Yaqara Bay Biodiversity Inventory Project 2004 & 2005 Report
03/07/2007 Retrieve [569.9 kB] Field notes from Steve Dunbar
03/07/2007 Retrieve [270.5 kB] Original field/collection notes which were used to generate specimen label data

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