Pete Basabe’s Butterflyfish (Prognathodes basabei Pyle and Kosaki 2016)

A new butterflyfish, found in the northwest Hawaiian islands of the newly expanded Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, is pictured here, taken by yours truly not in the water, but with a cell phone. Two of these new and exceedingly rare fish are now in the tank at the Mokupāpapa Discovery Center here.

A song to commemorate this new medium-deep reef species seems appropriate, so below there is an indirect Youtube link to Iz's rendition of a nearly century-old Kona, Hawaii fish song by Lot Kauwe, honoring the reef fish of the island. Pete Basabe is a Kona diver who has contributed greatly to reef fish knowledge here.

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