Meet lauwiliwili the Milletseed Butterflyfish

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    Meet lauwiliwili the Milletseed Butterflyfish.

This six-inch-long, bright-yellow fish is Hawai‘i’s most abundant butterfly fish. On the deep-water ledges off the island of Ni‘ihau there are schools of over 1,000 milletseed butterfly fish, and diving with them is like being in a yellow snow storm. Lauwiliwili is endemic to Hawai‘i, which means it occurs nowhere else on Earth, and divers come from around the world to see our “clouds of butterfly fish.”