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    Fiery Red Hawaiian Flame Angels

    Despite the commonality of Centropyge loricula, the vibrant red Hawaiian Flame Angel will always be in demand among advanced reef keepers. Often labeled as “True Flame Angelfish” or “True Hawaiian Flames”, these dwarf angelfish from Hawaii have the propensity to be much more vibrant than their counterparts farther west and exhibit much more red than [...]

    hawaiian flame angel

    Despite the commonality of Centropyge loricula, the vibrant red Hawaiian Flame Angel will always be in demand among advanced reef keepers. Often labeled as “True Flame Angelfish” or “True Hawaiian Flames”, these dwarf angelfish from Hawaii have the propensity to be much more vibrant than their counterparts farther west and exhibit much more red than Flames from other locations. While the slight color differences may seem like hype, once seen next to a non-Hawaiian color morph it is easy to see why this particular color morph has grown in popularity; however, note that these Hawaiian morphs are much more rarely found and often command a significantly higher price.

    For more information on the various color morphs of the Flame Angelfish, be sure to check out Pyle’s Genetic connectivity among color morphs and Pacific archipelagos for the Flame angelfish, Centropyge loriculus [PDF]. Published in this study is the best geographic map you’ll find, shown below, comparing the colors and markings of the Hawaiian, Marshall Island and Marquesan variants.

    Centropyge loriculus variants

    The specimen shown at top made its way west to Japan, where GBD contributor Tetsuo Otake received it. These Hawaiian Flames have been in demand there for some time, but as the rare fish market has picked up over the past few years, we’re beginning to see more of these stay in the U.S.,–perhaps single handedly due to John Coppolino.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Austin-Lefevre/567403095 Austin Lefevre

      Saw one in person for the first time a while back, amazed at the difference! It was still in QT, so not even under “bright” lighting, but the difference (read: beauty) was truly awesome.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Austin-Lefevre/567403095 Austin Lefevre

      Saw one in person for the first time a while back, amazed at the difference! It was still in QT, so not even under “bright” lighting, but the difference (read: beauty) was truly awesome.

    • John D

      I have a pair that was caught on the north side of Ohau. Thery have very nice color.

    • John D

      I have a pair that was caught on the north side of Ohau. Thery have very nice color.