Smithsonian-Bredin Society Islands Expedition, 1957

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The Smithsonian-Bredin Society Islands Expedition was a joint effort between staff from the US National Museum and J. Bruce Bredin in April-May 1957. The expedition to the Tuamotu Archipelago and the Society Islands, specifically the lIes sous Ie Vent and Moorea, focused on the French owned territories just north of the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern Pacific Ocean. Staff included Dr. Waldo L. Schmitt of the US National Museum; Harald Rehder, Department of Invertebrate Zoology at the US National Museum; Charles E. Cutress, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico; and Thomas E. Bowman. The expedition collected in locations throughout the French Polynesia Society Islands [Îles de la Société] and Tuamotu Islands, as well as Huahine, Raiatea, Makatea, Bora-Bora, and Tahiti. The group primarily studied fish and marine invertebrates, along with making a small collection of algae from the region. Sea spiders, pycnogonida, were also collected.


Taylor, W. R. (1973). Marine algae of the Smithsonian-Bredin expedition to the Society and Tuamotu Islands.

Date Range

1957 - 1957


  • Crustacea
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates
  • Crustaceans
  • Botany


  • Bora-Bora
  • Makatea
  • Huahine
  • Raiatea
  • Moorea
  • Tuamotu Islands
  • Société, Îles de la
  • Tahiti
  • French Polynesia


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