Biodiversity Cook Islands (COK)
  FishBase Complete Literature Reference
Species Families Species Families
Marine 564 91 No
Freshwater 4 3 No
Total 569 92 No
Geography and Climate Cook Islands are group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, located in Oceania, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. Area comparatively 1.3 times the size of Washington, DC. Climate is tropical; moderated by trade winds. Terrain consists of low coral atolls in north; volcanic, hilly islands in south. Elevation extreme has the lowest point in Pacific Ocean 0 m and highest point: Te Manga 652 m. Land use: arable land: 9%, permanent crops: 13%. Natural hazards are typhoons (November to March).

Ref.  Anonymous, 1999
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