Flora and Fauna of Hawaii Quiz

Spinner Dolphin

Match the plants and animals with their descriptions.

  1. Kalij Pheasant
  2. Common Myna Bird
  3. Box Jellyfish
  4. Manta Ray
  5. Saffron Finch
  6. Naupaka
  7. Monk Seal
  8. Ti
  9. Ohia
  10. Humpback Whale
  1. Hammerhead Shark
  2. Eel 
  3. Francolin
  4. Green Sea Turtle
  5. Spinner Dolphin
  6. Haleakala Silversword
  7. Taro
  8. Ulu
  9. Coqui
  10. Gold Dust Day Gecko

_____ one of the first plants to grow in new lava flow areas, beginning the transformation from open rock to forest

_____ the Hawaiian word for this creature is, “ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua,” and means “the dog that goes in the rough water”

_____ introduced to Hawaii from India in 1865 to control army worms

_____ has a broad leaf shaped like a heart and is a staple of the Native Hawaiian diet

_____ considered the smartest of its kind and named for its ability to spin when leaping out of the water 

_____ small songbird with a yellow head, orange crown and yellow-green upper body sometimes mistakenly believed to be a type of Canary but is actually a Tanager

_____ member of the partridge family that prefers running away to taking flight

_____ rare five-foot tall plant that grows only in Hawaii, flowers only towards the end of its life, and can live as long as 90 years

_____ the fruit produces the smell of freshly baked bread when cooked and one tree can feed a family of four for up to 70 years    

_____ introduced to Hawaii as a gamebird in 1962, the males are black with a gray belly while the females are mottled brown

_____ all petals on this flower are on one side, leaving the other half petal-less

_____  adults are herbivores with serrated jaws for eating seagrasses and algae whereas juveniles are omnivores that dine on insects, crustaceans, worms and sea grasses

_____ the leaves were used by ancient Hawaiians as a wrapper for storing and cooking food

_____ every year an estimated 10,000 of these travel 3,000 miles to Hawaii from Alaska 

_____ the Hawaiian name for this magnificent creature is “hahalua,” which means “two breaths” 

_____ an introduced species from Madagascar with a bright green body and a lifespan of 8-10 years

_____ about 8-10 days after a full moon there is a higher probability of sightings on all leeward sides of the Hawaiian Islands for three consecutive days

_____ is cherished by many in Puerto Rico where the sounds of the singing males is a valued symbol of the island’s natural and cultural heritage      

_____ the Hawaiian name for this creature is Puhi and it is considered an aumakua (powerful spirit) in Hawaiian culture 

_____ are thought to tan themselves near the ocean’s surface to darken their skin for better camouflage…yikes.

ANSWERS: 9, 7, 2, 17, 15, 5, 13, 16, 18, 1, 6, 14, 8, 10, 4, 20, 3, 19, 12, 11

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