OUR ONLINE BIODIVERSITY MUSEUM
The biodiversity on Lord Howe Island is extraordinary!
On this tiny island in the Tasman Sea there are found 240 species of native vascular plants, over 100 moss species; hundreds of thousands of breeding seabirds from fourteen different species; around three to four thousand species of invertebrates (animals without backbones), such as snails, spiders, beetles, stick insects and ants); in the Island streams there are interesting freshwater crustaceans such as a unique shrimp species and a tiny crab Halicarcinus lacustris that is also found in Eastern Australia, New Zealand and Norfolk Island.
Then there is the marine life in the surrounding ocean - the world's most southerly coral reef, with a great diversity of other creatures living in and on the reef. There are over 500 fish species, around seventy echinoderm species (starfish, urchins and their cousins), hundreds of mollusc species (snails, slugs and bivalves) plus hundreds of other species such as crustaceans, worms, and a myriad of other creatures.
This section of the museum website will provide you with details and images of many of our species. All images were taken by Island naturalist and photographer Ian Hutton. You can purchase photographs through this website.... use the email for inquiries.
Our bookshop has a number of books with more detailed information about the flora, fauna and marine life.
Please select from the links on the left-hand side of the page to find out more!
Click here to begin explroing the rich biodiversity of Lord Howe Island