Fish Species at FishChannel.com

Going to Hawaii? Check Out the Peppermint Angelfish at the Waikiki Aquarium

Aquarium showing rare peppermint angelfish and abe's angelfish.

November 15, 2012

Printer Friendly
Click image to enlarge
Centyropyge boylei

Peppermint angelfish (Centyropyge boylei). Photo by Waikiki Aquarium
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.

Printer Friendly

 Give us your opinion on
Going to Hawaii? Check Out the Peppermint Angelfish at the Waikiki Aquarium

Submit a Comment   Join Club
Earn 1,000 points! What's this?
Reader Comments

Ken    Atlanta, GA

11/19/2012 5:36:02 AM

Are they rare in the wild, or are they only rare in captivity?

CaveCarp    Springfield, IL

11/17/2012 5:36:40 AM

A great article and video clip. What a beatiful fish. I'm glad that it has found a good home and has an excellent chance for survival now that it's in the hands of experienced professionals.

Angelo    San Leandro, CA

11/15/2012 8:27:57 PM

Cool, sucks that it's so rare though.

View Current Comments


Top Products

ADS BY GOOGLE