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Identification of Hawaiian Reef Fish Species in Lanai, HI; Bandit Angelfish, Saddle Wrasse & More
Hawaii is home to some of the most beautiful fish in the world. Maui has a little crescent island called Molokini and the shores of neighboring Lanai island have fish you’ve likely never seen before! There are some fish that are truly special. The reason they are special is that as many as 50% of the reef fish you’ll find in Hawaii cannot be found anywhere else on the Earth. You will see some of these reef fish more than others. Gemini Sailing Tours take a closer look at five of the fish that are unique to Hawaii.
Reef Fish Species Found Only in Hawaii
Fantail Filefish– Spotting these fish is rare. They are football shaped fish that can grow to be seven inches long. The body is almost all yellow and has black spots mottled throughout its body. The tip of their pointed nose is white. They have a bright orange tail that is shaped like a fan with a yellow stripe and a black stripe at the end. The top of its head has a dorsal spine right above the eye.
Bandit Angelfish– Spotting this fish is also rare. They are disc-shaped and also grow to about seven inches in length. They have a thick black bar that runs from their eyes to the end of their body that makes it easy to spot. The body is bright white below the bar and cream colored above the bar. The end of its tail will have a thick black streak that runs down to the anal fin.
Potter’s Angelfish– Another rare find with a disc-shaped body the grows up to five inches in length. These fish are vivid orange in color and marbled with turquoise. The tail is royal blue in color and has almost entirely black marbling that goes through the middle of its body all the way to the base of the head.
Saddle Wrasse– These fish are common to find. They are a long-bodied fish and can get to be eleven inches long. The body is almost all a dusky green color with a head that has a deep royal blue color with a bold orange stripe. The stripe is vertical with the males having a soft white stripe after it.
Hawaiian Sergeant– These are also common to see and also have a disc-shaped body. They can grow as long as nine inches and are a silvery blue color. They have vertical black stripes and a bit of yellow in the middle of the body if they are adults. Younger fish will have these stripes on the top of their body.
Sailing Tours & Charters in Honolua Bay, Lahaina, Ka’anapali Beach, Turtle Town in Olowalu, Molokai, Lanai & West Maui, Hawaii
Snorkeling is a must when you visit Hawaii and Gemini Sailing Tours can take you to all the right places. When you visit Maui, call Gemini Sailing Tours to book a snorkeling tour. You’ll be amazed by these unique fish you see here and nowhere else in the world on one of our sailing tour adventures!