Mana BioBlitz    

Total Species Identified
by 26 April:
Total Species Counted
from 5 Feb to 6 March:
Some species were collected during the month but will be identified over the coming weeks. See total above.
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  • Mana Island update by Marina Skinner Mana Island is lizard land. The leaf litter on some tracks is so alive with skinks that you’re afraid to set down one murderous foot after the next. You ...
    Posted Mar 2, 2011, 5:47 PM by Allie BioBlitz
  • Future biologists at work On March 1 at Titahi Bay, Raumati Beach School children went on a hunt, eager to discover new creatures at the BioBlitz. The children’s knowledge of our native species ...
    Posted Mar 2, 2011, 4:46 PM by Allie BioBlitz
  • By Graham Bird Bioblitz material has given up three completely new species, and three described but as-yet unpublished species! The two new genera (in families Leptocheliidae and ‘Colletteidae?’) are new records for ...
    Posted Mar 1, 2011, 8:33 PM by Allie BioBlitz
  • By Marina Skinner F&B Communications Manager I I spent a fascinating day in the company of two scientists on a trip to Mana Island on Friday 25 Feb. Rick Webber and Graham Bird were looking for ...
    Posted Mar 1, 2011, 8:20 PM by Allie BioBlitz
  • Weird Beasts spotted at Titahi Bay On Sunday afternoon several strange sandy creatures were seen along the beach at Titahi Bay. Ranging frrom a nudibranch with seaweed gills waving in the wind, to a many legged ...
    Posted Feb 27, 2011, 1:39 PM by Allie BioBlitz
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Mana BioBlitz Total Species identified to date:


Total on 26 April is 1,551


See the databases for more information and a breakdown


We finished!!


The total for the Mana land and sea BioBlitz 2011

at 2pm on Sunday 6 March was 1291 species!


This combined total splits into:

Marine - 665

Land - 626

This are great numbers. The higher marine figure reflects the number of available specialists that were involved rather than the true biodiversity of these two main habitats.

There are only a few entemologists in Wellington and our insect and spider and centipede pages have captured just a small snippet of these beasties that live in the Mana region.


Several specimens are in the hands of experts and are still

being identified. These details will be added to the

database over the coming weeks so the total will increase.


The Mana BioBlitz closed last weekend after a month of searching, fossicking, diving, digging, peering into crevices

and down microscopes and keeping a sharp lookout for

all species not yet listed. These eagle eyed scientists,

specialists, students, local school children and local people

are responsible for the fantastic total that we achieved.

Thank you to everyone for their involvement and energy.