Bandit angelfish are an endemic species to the Hawaiian Islands, although they are more commonly found around the Island of Kaua’i and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. These curious angelfishes will often show interest to divers and snorkelers. Its prominent appearance can be easily recognized by the unique color pattern, for which it gets its name. The distinct black band, like a robber’s mask, passes through the eyes and extends the length of its body. The name “bandit” means ‘bent like a bow’ and refers to this slightly arched black band. This species will grow to approximately 7 inches (18 cm) in length and is observed more commonly at depths of over 100 feet (30.5 m) near deep ledges exposed to currents where it feeds on sponges.
*Due to the constant rotation of animals back to the ocean, the presence of any specific animal cannot be guaranteed.