Mo'ui: Tongan Names for Plants and Animals

Research output: Working paper


This working paper on Tongan names for plants and animals is intended as a contribution to the documentation of environmental knowledge in one of the most traditional societies of Polynesia. The list contains over 1 400 folk taxa: seaweeds 18 names, terrestrial plants 801 names, marine invertebrates 203 names, terrestrial invertebrates 72 names, fishes 231 names, reptiles and amphibians 15 names, birds 52 names, and mammals 16 names. A list of simple and complex attributives marked by secondary lexemes in Tongan binary nomenclature is also included.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social and Economic Geography


  • Tonga, Polynesia, Oceania, Kingdom of Tonga, environmental knowledge, indigenous knowledge, folk taxonomy, ethnoecology, ethnobiology, human ecology, anthropology
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHuman Ecology Division, Lund University
Pages56 (X+46)
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameWorking Papers in Human Ecology
ISSN (Print)1402-6902

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