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Hawaiian sergeant males perform duties with zeal

By Susan Scott

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 04, 2014

~~<p>During a recent snorkeling excursion at Electric (Kahe) Point, my friend and I stopped to watch a fish fight. Even though we floated in clear water 20 feet above the artificial reef (the outflow pipe), the sparring was so fast and furious, it was hard to make out what was happening. But when I spotted a purple splotch spread out on a rock like so much plum jam, I knew: A male Hawaiian sergeant was protecting his eggs.</p>
<p>The Hawaiian sergeant is Hawaii's version of the Caribbean's sergeant major, the Indo-Pacific sergeant and other sergeant species, totaling 20 worldwide. All are about 8 or 9 inches long and have black stripes on yellowish bodies.</p>
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During a recent snorkeling excursion at Electric (Kahe) Point, my friend and I stopped to watch a fish fight. Even though we floated in clear water 20 feet above the artificial reef (the outflow pipe), the sparring was so fast and furious, it was hard to make out what was happening. But when I spotted a purple splotch spread out on a rock like so much plum jam, I knew: A male Hawaiian sergeant was protecting his eggs.

The Hawaiian sergeant is Hawaii's version of the Caribbean's sergeant major, the Indo-Pacific sergeant and other sergeant species, totaling 20 worldwide. All are about 8 or 9 inches long and have black stripes on yellowish bodies. Login for more...



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