CRITTER: Meet hinalea the psychedelic wrasse

  • Terry Lilley / Contributed

    The psychedelic wrasse feeds on small crustaceans and their speed and agility keep them from becoming food for larger fish like the omilu or ulua.

This small, fast-moving, seven-inch-long fish only occurs in Hawai‘i and is rarely seen by divers. The juvenile female is red, black and white, and is usually seen on shallow reefs in groups of three or four.