Meet kikakapu the reticulated butterfly fish

  • Terry Lilley / Special to The Garden Island

    There are dozens of different species of butterfly fish in Hawai‘i.

Hawai‘i is famous for its clouds of butterfly fish snorkelers and divers can see here on our coral reefs. We have dozens of different species in Hawai‘i, and they all are quite colorful and stand out against dull lava reef. Most of these butterfly fish travel in pairs, but sometimes come together in large schools. Their bodies are designed to be super-thin and oval-shaped so they can dart in between the corals and rocks to avoid being eaten by predators.