POTTER’S PYGMY ANGEL
© Travis Staut
Just one amongst the many beautiful endemics of the U.S. 50th State, Hawai’i’s Potter’s Angel is not easy for many to locate in the wild… w/o careful observation. It’s relatively abundant in and amongst the finger-like coral (Porites compressa) which is its typical domain, but so secretive that w/o keen searching and patience, most divers miss it entirely.
Centropyge potteri is only found in two island areas in the Eastern Central Pacific; Johnston and Hawai’i. Most adults are found in more than fifty feet of water, though juveniles occur beyond as little as twenty feet. Potter’s can usually be found darting in and amongst broken rocky bottom and good live-coral covered seaward reefs at these depths. Maximum size for the species is about four inches.
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