Tag: endemic

Operation Nest Defense

November 02, 2017
Hawaiian Sergeant Fish

War is about to break out on the reef. Squadrons of fish circle overhead like fighter planes poised to strike. One by one, the attackers commence their dive on a vulnerable nest of eggs. Reacting with lightning speed, a Hawaiian sergeant fish intercepts the predators and engages in a “dogfight” to defend its nest, repelling barrages of attacks until forcing a retreat. While some causalities are sustained, the nest remains intact.

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No Gravy with this Turkey

November 25, 2016

In the midst of holidays we often find a turkey at the center of the dinner table, but in the case of the Hawaiian turkeyfish, you’re best to leave the gravy and mashed potatoes at home.

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Meet the Hawaiian Squirrelfish

November 06, 2015

The Hawaiian squirrelfish is found nowhere else in the world except the Hawaiian Islands and Johnston Atoll. It is the only endemic squirrelfish among roughly 20 different species of squirrelfishes and soldierfishes known to inhabit Hawaiian reefs. Despite being a nocturnal fish, it is also the species of squirrelfish most commonly spotted by snorkelers and […]

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