Fish Remains was created to help assist the general public, archaeologists, and marine biologists identify Hawaiian fishes based on bones, scales and otoliths recovered from the digestive tract of predators (such as fishes, birds and marine mammals) or from archaeological excavations. There are 1250 fishes known from Hawaiian waters. This key concentrates on those fished known from the diet of the Hawaiian monk seal, and is constantly being expanded.
Fish Remains was created by Ken Longenecker of the Hawaii Biological Survey, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawai‘i. It is based on earlier models released in 2004 and 2005. Most of the supporting documentation is from the latter (HBS Contribution No. 2005-009).
Funding was provided by the Marine Mammal Commission and Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center’s Protected Species Division (NOAA/NMFS).
Images were created by Ken Longenecker unless otherwise noted. Arnold Suzumoto, Carla Kishinami and Holly Bolick directed the organization and management of the physical specimen collection. Daniel Miyamoto, Kristine Nakamoto, Alexia Pihier, Carmen Surface, Kealii Vasquez, Melissa Vaught, and Maya Walton of Bishop Museum’s internship program assisted in the building, organization, databasing and photography of the specimens. This internship program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program is an initiative under the Office of Innovation and Improvement of the U.S. Department of Education. Education through Cultural & Historical Organizations, also known as ECHO, provides educational enrichment to Native and non-Native children and lifelong learners.
This identification key has been created using Lucid3.5 (University of Queensland).