If you are traveling to Hawaii this holiday season, don’t forget to stop by and check out the Waikiki Aquarium. It has a variety of common species as well as several rare specimens that can only be seen at the aquarium.
The aquarium currently has on permanent loan the only peppermint angelfish (Centyropyge boylei) on display in a public aquarium. The Smithsonian Institution loaned the 1.5 inch fish to the aquarium, which put it on display in March. It is native to waters of the South Pacific and was collected Dr. Richard Pyle of the Bishop Museum in 400 feet of water off the island of Moorea in Tahiti.
In addition, the aquarium is showing an Abe’s angelfish (Centropyge abei) another deep water species that can only be seen at the aquarium. The Abe’s angelfish was first described in 2006. As with the peppermint angelfish, this species can only be seen at the aquarium. For coral fans, the aquarium is showing the irregular rice coral (Montipora dilatata). The rice coral can only be found in the Hawaiian archipelago and is listed as a species of concern by the National Marine Fisheries Service.