A fast moving fish needing much swimming space and very good water movement.
Because of their large, skinless pectoral fins, hawkfishes are able to perch upon fire corals without incurring harm.
Many fish of this species are characterized by laterally compressed bodies, a row of enlarged scales along the side near the tailfin.
These fish have blade-like spines on either side of the base of the tail, which are sometimes used defensively by the
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About the Complex
Jarvis Island NWR, in addition to nine other refuges, make up the Pacific Reefs Complex.
Jarvis Island is managed as part of the Pacific Reefs.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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The refuge is is closed to public access. However, limited public access has been authorized in the past. Refuge access is managed through the issuance of a Special Use Permit when the activity is deemed compatible and appropriate with the purposes of refuge establishment.
Colonizing the islands was a harrowing experience that claimed the lives of three young men: Carl Kahalewai who died of appendicitis in 1938, and Joseph Keliihananui and Richard “Dickey” Whaley who were killed during an attack on the island on December 8, 1941.Learn more
Corallimorphus / Sea Anemone
These beautiful marine animals with wavy tentacles, resemble underwater flowers.
Fish, snails or crabs that blunder into these waving fronds are soon paralysed by the stinging tentacles, engulfed by the central mouth and digested.
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Last Updated: Jan 21, 2015