This dataset is dedicated to the late Mr. Asakaia Balawa who was a marine conservation champion and custodian of indigenous Fijian environmental and cultural knowledge.
This checklist records the indigenous names in the Navakavu dialect for various types of finfish (ilava), including true finfishes, sharks, rays, and eels. It pertains to the customary fishing grounds (iqoliqoli) and lands (vanua) of the people of Vanua Navakavu, situated on the Muaivusu Peninsula, east of Suva, the capital city of Fiji, in southeastern Viti Levu. Although the main focus is on marine species, information has been also included on brackish and freshwater species.
The list of species is derived from a 2008 Technical Report published by the Coral Reefs Initiative for the Pacific (Initiatives Corail pour le Pacifique, CRISP), authored by the same individuals. For the purpose of this checklist, all scientific names extracted from the Technical Report were verified against the World Register of Marine Species database (www.marinespecies.org); specifically using the SiB-Colombia Open Refine Scripts for Biodiversity Data Quality script for Taxonomic Validation with WORMS's API (Marine data), that is available on GitHub. Species names that were found to be synonyms have been recorded using their valid names as of May 2023.
The purpose of this list is to preserve the traditional knowledge held by the people of Vanua Navakavu concerning their marine resources.
The data in this checklist resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 790 records.
This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.
The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.
How to cite
Researchers should cite this work as follows:
Thaman R, Fong T, Balawa A (2023): Ilava ni Navakavu: a checklist of scientific and local names of the finfishes of the Vanua Navakavu, Fiji. v1.0. The University of the South Pacific. Dataset/Checklist. https://ipt.sprep.org/resource?r=ilava_ni_navakavu&v=1.0
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The publisher and rights holder of this work is The University of the South Pacific. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) License.
This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 969d0be3-eea6-4133-827c-c82314e08900. The University of the South Pacific publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Participant Node Managers Committee.
Checklist; Navakavu; fish; shark; rays
- Originator ●
- Point Of Contact
Navakavu, Suva, Rewa
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [-18.164, 178.327], North East [-18.111, 178.407]|
True fishes, sharks, rays and eels
The main objective of our project is to mobilize natural history collection data housed in both government and non-government institutions in Fiji. These include collections held at the South Pacific Regional Herbarium and the Discipline of Marine Studies, both located at the University of the South Pacific, and the Fijian Ministries of Forestry and Agriculture.
|Title||Mobilizing biodiversity data from natural history collections in Fiji|
|Funding||Data mobilisation was supported by the BID Pacific project "Mobilizing biodiversity data from natural history collections in Fiji" (BID-PA-2020-006-NAC).|
|Study Area Description||Fiji and the South Pacific region.|
The personnel involved in the project:
- Principal Investigator
- Point Of Contact
- Point Of Contact
- Thaman R., Fong T., Balawa A. (2008). Ilava ni Navakavu - finfishes of Vanua Navakavu, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands. Coral Reef InitiativeS for the Pacific Technical Report (Component 2A - Project 2A2). Suva: Institute of Applied Sciences and Faculty of Islands and Oceans - The University of the South Pacific.