Endemics in Family Order

Endemics in Alphabetical Order


Included here are the Marshall Islands in the North Pacific which form part of the larger island group of Micronesia.

There appear to be no species strictly endemic to the Marshall Islands despite being regarded as the oldest coral islands and atolls on earth with an age of some 97 million years. Two species, Lepturopetium marshallense and Crinum bakeri, were thought to be endemic to the Marshalls along with other parts of Micronesia but Lepturopetium marshallense is now also known to occur in the Cook Islands and possibly in other areas, and Crinum bakeri appears to be scattered throughout the northwest Pacific.


Balgooy, Van. M. M. J. 1960. Preliminary plant geographical analysis of the Pacific. Blumea, 10: 385-430.

Costion, C. M. & Lorence, D. H. 2012. The Endemic Plants of Micronesia: A Geographical Checklist and Commentary. Micronesica, 43: 51-100.

Endress, B. A. 2002. The importance of endemic species to forest succession in Palau. Micromesica, 34: 141-153.

Fosberg, F. R., Sachet, M. H. & Oliver, R. 1979. A Geographical Checklist of the Micronesian Dicotyledonae. Micronesica, 15: 41-295.

Fosberg, F. R. 1984. Phytogeographic comparison of Polynesia and Micronesia. In: Biogeography of the Tropical Pacific (Proceedings of a Symposium). Eds. F. J. Radovsky, P. H. Raven and H. Sohmer. Bishop Museum Special Publication No. 72.

Reimaan National Planning Team. 2008.  Reimaanlok: National Conservation Area Plan for the Marshall Islands 2007-2012. Published by: N. Baker: Melbourne.