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Are there any endangered Damselfish species in Hawaii?

Discussion in 'Ocean Conservation' started by tarponchik, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

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    While reading the NYT Magazine, I came upon this statement: Of the 1,280 endangered animals and plants listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 557 are from Hawaii, including the short-tailed albatross, the Hawaiian hoary bat and the Kauai cave wolf spider, as well as four species of turtle, six damselflies, two varieties of pond shrimp, four snails and seven kinds of yellow-faced bee.

    I searched the net but could not find what species of damselfishes the author could have mentioned. The John P. Hoover's book on Hawaiian reef fishes lists only one species as rare, the Phoenix Island Damselfish; however, my understanding is that this fish does not reproduce in Hawaii and only occasionally swims in from across the Pacific. Does anyone know what this is about?
     
  2. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

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    The magazine article refers to damselflies rather than damsel fish. Am I missing something?
     
  3. PatW

    PatW Manta Ray

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    Well damselflies are insects and closely related to dragon flies. Given that Hawaii has a pot load of terrestrial endemic species that are endangered, I kinda think it is the fly and not the fish.
     
  4. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

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    Oooops! Looks like I need new reading glasses...:)
     

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