The Potter’s angel fish (Centropyge potteri)  is one of Hawaii’s most common endemic angel fish. It is a dwarf angel, meaning that it does not get bigger than 3 inches. The Potter’s angel fish frequents depths from 15 to 100 feet. Potter’s angel fish are often seen darting in and out of rubble and coral heads. It is named after Fredrick A. Potter who ran the Waikiki Aquarium from 1903 to 1940.
Have you ever wanted to know how to tell an angel fish from a butterfly fish? It’s quite easy if you can get close enough: the angel fish has a spine near the gills that may be used for protection.
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