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Updated 9/13/2022

Family Pomacentridae


Abudefduf vaigiensis

Manana Island, Oahu, 20 feet


Kahe Point, Oahu, Hawaii, 15 feet

Nuptial male, Makapu'u, Oahu, 25 feet


eggs (cropped)

Guarding eggs, Kahe Point, Oahu, 25 feet




Locally common among Hawaiian Sergeants near reef outcrops and ledges exposed to current where they feed upon zooplankton.  Breeding population became established during the late 1990's when juveniles among marine debris entered Hawaiian waters.  Silver with a blue or green cast and a bright yellow streak above, five dark blue bars with the last completely crossing the caudal peduncle, tail dark blue, and rounded snout.  Nuptial males appear much darker overall..  Nests are random patches of tiny brown eggs.  Hybrids have been observed between this species and the endemic Hawaiian Sergeant.  Attains 7 inches.  Red Sea to Japan, New Zealand, Hawaii, and the Tuamotus.