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Rare peppermint angelfish on display, first time at public aquarium
Rare peppermint angelfish on display, first time at public aquarium

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WAIKIKI, HI – One of the ocean’s rarest creatures has made its home at the Waikiki Aquarium: Centyropyge boylei, more commonly known as the peppermint angelfish was collected in 400 feet of water in Tahiti by Bishop Museum’s Dr. Richard Pyle. The candy-striped beauty is the only one of its kind to be on display at a public aquarium.
“As a primarily research-based institution, we welcome these one-of-a-kind opportunities where we can not only share rare species with our visitors but also afford our staff the opportunity to study them,” said Andrew Rossiter, Ph.D., director of the Waikiki Aquarium. “This is a significant acquisition for us, as we will become the only public aquarium in the world to display the peppermint angelfish. It will join several other unique species in our collection that can be seen here and at no other aquarium worldwide.”

The peppermint angelfish is native to the tropical waters of the South Pacific and is on permanent loan to the Waikiki Aquarium by the Smithsonian Institution. The fish, which measures about one and a half inches in length is on public display.
For more information about Waikiki Aquarium exhibits and admission prices, please visit www.waquarium.org.
Founded in 1904 and administered by the University of Hawaii at Manoa since 1919, the Waikiki Aquarium is located on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach next to a living reef and across from Kapiolani Park. The Aquarium – third oldest in the U.S. – showcases more than 500 marine species, and maintains more than 3,500 marine specimens. Public exhibits, education programs and research focus on the unique aquatic life of Hawaii and the tropical Pacific The Aquarium welcomes more than 320,000 visitors annually, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Honolulu Marathon Sunday and Christmas Day. Admission is $9 for visitors; $6 for local residents, active duty military with ID, students with ID and seniors; $4 for youths ages 13-17 and persons with disabilities; $2 for juniors ages 5 to 12; and free for children 4 and under and Friends of Waikiki Aquarium (FOWA) members.

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