Yellow tang / Lau'ipala / Zebrasoma flavescens at Two-Step / Pae'a, Honaunau Bay, Captain Cook, Big Island, Hawaii, USA.
The yellow tang, or Lau'ipala (Zebrasoma flavescens in the surgeonfish family, Acanthuridae). Zebrasoma flavescens is one of the most popular fish species for saltwater aquariums. Hawaii sources up to 70% of the aquarium industry's yellow tangs. "flavescens" means yellow in Latin. The yellow tang is commonly found in shallow reefs in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, west of Hawaii and east of Japan. It has been seen in waters around Florida, where it is not native. Snorkel at Two-Step (Pae'a) on Honaunau Bay, located across Keoneele Cove from Pu'uhonu O Honaunau National Historical Park ("Place of Refuge"), on the Big Island of Hawaii, USA. Address of Pae'a: 84-5571 Honaunau Beach Rd, Captain Cook, HI 96704.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download