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Melanesia Collection

Melanesia, a captivating region in the South Pacific, is home to an array of breathtaking wonders

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly

Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly
A mounted specimen of Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly from Papua New Guinea. Male specimen measuring 188 mm across wingtips. See 14964 for the female which is larger

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Kagu - Male with crest erect - Rainforests of New Caledonia JPF47259

Kagu - Male with crest erect - Rainforests of New Caledonia JPF47259
JPF-12295 KAGU - x two, one with raised crest Rainforests of New Caledonia Rhynochetos jubatus Jean Paul Ferrero Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Bull Shark - Fiji

Bull Shark - Fiji
VT-8905 Bull Shark Fiji Carcharhinus leucas Valerie & Ron Taylor Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Kaleidoscopic image of Clarks anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii), Ambon, Indonesia

Kaleidoscopic image of Clarks anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii), Ambon, Indonesia

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Portrait of Bigfin squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) hovering in open water above a

Portrait of Bigfin squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) hovering in open water above a coral reef at night. Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Tropical West Pacific Ocean

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise (Lophorina niedda) male, performing courtship display on his

Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise (Lophorina niedda) male, performing courtship display on his display log, flashing false blue eye spots, a bright yellow gape, and blue breast shield

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Electric fileclam / Disco clam (Ctenoides ales). West Papua, Indonesia

Electric fileclam / Disco clam (Ctenoides ales). West Papua, Indonesia. Indo-West Pacific

Background imageMelanesia Collection: RF- Western clownfish (Amphiprion oceallaris) in Magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica)

RF- Western clownfish (Amphiprion oceallaris) in Magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica). Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Background imageMelanesia Collection: cartography, compass rose, indian ocean, map, melanesia, mercator projection

cartography, compass rose, indian ocean, map, melanesia, mercator projection, micronesia, new zealand, no people, oceania, pacific ocean, political map, polynesia, tropic of capricorn, australia

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Outrigger canoe On a beach on Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Outrigger canoe On a beach on Tanna Island, Vanuatu
DH-4128 Outrigger canoe On a beach on Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Don Hadden Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Pletail unicornfish (Naso brevirostris) juvenile, its horn will continue to grow as it

Pletail unicornfish (Naso brevirostris) juvenile, its horn will continue to grow as it gets older. Fiji Pacific Ocean

Background imageMelanesia Collection: The Duk Duk society, Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea, 1920

The Duk Duk society, Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea, 1920. Young men being initiated before they can marry. The Duk Duk is a secret society of the Tolai people of the Rabaul area of New

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Red sea fan (Melithaea sp.) is surrounded by Glassfish ( Apogon sp.) on a coral reef

Red sea fan (Melithaea sp.) is surrounded by Glassfish ( Apogon sp.) on a coral reef. Daram Islands, Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea. Tropical West Pacific Ocean

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly

Ornithoptera alexandrae, Queen Alexandras birdwing butterfly

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Red Snapper - showing teeth - Fiji

Red Snapper - showing teeth - Fiji
VT-8929 Red Snapper - showing teeth Fiji Lujianus bohar Toxic Very aggressive. Valerie & Ron Taylor Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in anyway

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Bull Shark - Shark Reef - Pacific Harbour - Fiji

Bull Shark - Shark Reef - Pacific Harbour - Fiji
VT-8911 Bull Shark Shark Reef - Pacific Harbour - Fiji Carcharhinus leucas Valerie & Ron Taylor Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Beach in Noumea, New Caledonia, Melanesia, South

Beach in Noumea, New Caledonia, Melanesia, South

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Bull Shark - female - Fiji

Bull Shark - female - Fiji
VT-9022 Bull Shark - female Fiji Carcharhinus leucas Valerie & Ron Taylor Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Giant Grouper - with Golden Trevally Juv. (Gnathanodon speciosus) - Fiji

Giant Grouper - with Golden Trevally Juv. (Gnathanodon speciosus) - Fiji
VT-8903 Giant Grouper - with Golden Trevally Juv. (Gnathanodon speciosus) Fiji Epinephelus lanceolatus Valerie & Ron Taylor Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Frangipani flowers On Lifou Island one of the Loyalty Islands east of New Caledonia

Frangipani flowers On Lifou Island one of the Loyalty Islands east of New Caledonia
DH-4117 Frangipani flowers On Lifou Island one of the Loyalty Islands east of New Caledonia Plumeria sp Don Hadden Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Bull shark - Swimming towards surface with mouth open. dangerous to man. World wide

Bull shark - Swimming towards surface with mouth open. dangerous to man. World wide. Shark Reef, Fiji Islands
VT-8305 Bull shark - Swimming towards surface with mouth open Shark Reef, Fiji Islands Carcharhinus leucas Valerie & Ron Taylor Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Tasseled wobbegong shark (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon) yawning. Citrus Ridge, Yanggefo Island

Tasseled wobbegong shark (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon) yawning. Citrus Ridge, Yanggefo Island, Gam Island, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Gorgonian sea fans (Acalycigorgia sp) on coral reef at Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Gorgonian sea fans (Acalycigorgia sp) on coral reef at Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Ceremonial chair

Ceremonial chair
2624185 Ceremonial chair; (add.info.: Calcified stone, Melanesian ceremonial chair, from the Nias tribe, in the Gomo area of Papua New Guinea. Late 19th century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageMelanesia Collection: A Drua aka Na Drua, N'drua, Ndrua or Vaka Tepu, a double hulled voyaging canoe from Fiji

A Drua aka Na Drua, N'drua, Ndrua or Vaka Tepu, a double hulled voyaging canoe from Fiji
3253024 A Drua aka Na Drua, N'drua, Ndrua or Vaka Tepu, a double hulled voyaging canoe from Fiji; (add.info.: A Drua aka Na Drua, N'drua, Ndrua or Vaka Tepu)

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Map of Oceania, c.1900 (engraving)

Map of Oceania, c.1900 (engraving)
533039 Map of Oceania, c.1900 (engraving); (add.info.: Map of Oceanica (Oceania): Australia, New Zealand, Polynesia, Melanesia, and Hawaiian Islands, circa 1902

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Native Chief of Uen; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown

Native Chief of Uen; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown
Native Chief of Uen; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. From Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London] and Galpin

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Costumes de Différents Pays, Femme de la Nouvelle Calédonie, c1797

Costumes de Différents Pays, Femme de la Nouvelle Calédonie, c1797. Creators: Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur
Costumes de Differents Pays, Femme de la Nouvelle Caledonie, c1797

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Costumes de Différents Pays, Femme de l'Isle de Tanna, c1797

Costumes de Différents Pays, Femme de l'Isle de Tanna, c1797. Creators: Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur
Costumes de Differents Pays, Femme de l'Isle de Tanna, c1797

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Costumes de Différents Pays, Homme de l'Isle de Tanna, c1797

Costumes de Différents Pays, Homme de l'Isle de Tanna, c1797. Creators: Jacques Grasset de Saint-Sauveur
Costumes de Differents Pays, Homme de l'Isle de Tanna, c1797

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Fisherman of Kanala; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown

Fisherman of Kanala; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown
Fisherman of Kanala; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. From Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London] and Galpin

Background imageMelanesia Collection: A Nocturnal 'Pilou-Pilou' - New Caledonia; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown

A Nocturnal "Pilou-Pilou" - New Caledonia; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown
A Nocturnal "Pilou-Pilou" - New Caledonia; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. From Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London] and Galpin

Background imageMelanesia Collection: New Caledonian Flute Player; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown

New Caledonian Flute Player; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown
New Caledonian Flute Player; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. From Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London] and Galpin

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Group of Natives of New Caledonia; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown

Group of Natives of New Caledonia; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown
Group of Natives of New Caledonia; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. From Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London] and Galpin

Background imageMelanesia Collection: New Caledonian Fruit-sellers; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown

New Caledonian Fruit-sellers; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown
New Caledonian Fruit-sellers; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. From Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London] and Galpin

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Group of Kanaks; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown

Group of Kanaks; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown
Group of Kanaks; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. From Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London] and Galpin

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Chatton, Native Kanak Schoolmaster; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown

Chatton, Native Kanak Schoolmaster; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown
Chatton, Native Kanak Schoolmaster; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. From Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London] and Galpin

Background imageMelanesia Collection: House of a Native Chief, near Kanala; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown

House of a Native Chief, near Kanala; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. Creator: Unknown
House of a Native Chief, near Kanala; Some Account of New Caledonia, 1875. From Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London] and Galpin

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Le port de Vavaou (Fidji); Les Terres Du Pacifique, 1914. Creator: Unknown

Le port de Vavaou (Fidji); Les Terres Du Pacifique, 1914. Creator: Unknown
Le port de Vavaou (Fidji); Les Terres Du Pacifique, 1914. From "Grande Geographie Bong Illustree", 1914

Background imageMelanesia Collection: La Nouvelle-Guinee; Les Terres Du Pacifique, 1914. Creator: Unknown

La Nouvelle-Guinee; Les Terres Du Pacifique, 1914. Creator: Unknown
La Nouvelle-Guinee; Les Terres Du Pacifique, 1914. From "Grande Geographie Bong Illustree", 1914

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Pont jete sur une riviere de la Nouvelle-Guinee britannioue; Les Terres Du Pacifique, 1914

Pont jete sur une riviere de la Nouvelle-Guinee britannioue; Les Terres Du Pacifique, 1914. Creator: Unknown
Pont jete sur une riviere de la Nouvelle-Guinee britannioue; Les Terres Du Pacifique, 1914. From "Grande Geographie Bong Illustree", 1914

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Canaques; Les Terres Du Pacifique, 1914. Creator: Unknown

Canaques; Les Terres Du Pacifique, 1914. Creator: Unknown
Canaques; Les Terres Du Pacifique, 1914. From "Grande Geographie Bong Illustree", 1914

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Nouvelle-Caledonie et iles Loyalty; Les Terres Du Pacifique, 1914. Creator: Unknown

Nouvelle-Caledonie et iles Loyalty; Les Terres Du Pacifique, 1914. Creator: Unknown
Nouvelle-Caledonie et iles Loyalty; Les Terres Du Pacifique, 1914. From "Grande Geographie Bong Illustree", 1914

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Female Peacock-mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) carrying her eggs, Raja Ampat, West Papua

Female Peacock-mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) carrying her eggs, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Unidentified Planthopper insect (Euricania cf. splendida) from the family Ricaniidae

Unidentified Planthopper insect (Euricania cf. splendida) from the family Ricaniidae, Willaumez Peninsula, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, December

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Schmidts wrinkled ground frog (Cornufer schmidti / Platymantis schmidti)

Schmidts wrinkled ground frog (Cornufer schmidti / Platymantis schmidti), endemic to the Bismarck Arpichelago, Willaumez Peninsula, New Britain, Papua New Guinea, December

Background imageMelanesia Collection: Red Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) male performing practice display at tree-top lek

Red Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) male performing practice display at tree-top lek, Raja Ampat, Indonesia. *Medium repro only

Background imageMelanesia Collection: RF - Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea

RF - Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea. Tropical West Pacific Ocean. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)



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Melanesia, a captivating region in the South Pacific, is home to an array of breathtaking wonders. Among them is the magnificent Ornithoptera alexandrae, also known as Queen Alexandra's birdwing butterfly. Its vibrant colors and graceful flight make it a true gem of Melanesian biodiversity. Venturing into the rainforests of New Caledonia, one may encounter the striking Kagu with its crest erect. This unique bird species showcases its beauty amidst lush greenery, reminding us of the rich diversity found within these pristine habitats. Exploring beneath Melanesia's azure waters reveals another fascinating creature—the Bull Shark in Fiji. Known for their formidable presence and adaptability to both saltwater and freshwater environments, they command respect as one of nature's most impressive predators. In West Papua, Indonesia lies an underwater spectacle that seems straight out of a discotheque—the Electric fileclam or Disco clam (Ctenoides ales). Its mesmerizing light display captivates all who witness it, adding yet another layer to Melanesia's natural marvels. The Western clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) finds solace among the tentacles of the Magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica), forming a symbiotic relationship that exemplifies harmony in this aquatic paradise. Delving deeper into Melanesian waters unveils an enigmatic creature—the Bigfin squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana). Hovering effortlessly above open water, its portrait evokes wonder and curiosity about what other mysteries lie hidden below. Beyond its awe-inspiring wildlife, Melanesia boasts historical significance too. With cartography at heart—represented by compass roses on maps—it has been intricately linked to navigation across vast oceans like the Indian Ocean. The Mercator projection aids our understanding of this vast region's geography while highlighting Melanesia's place on Earth’s tapestry. Melanesia's cultural tapestry is equally captivating.