A razor wrasse (Iniistius pavo) getting ready to dart into the sand if I make the slightest move.
A juvenile rockmover wrasse (Novaculichthys taeniourus) that's just starting to move into its transitional phase. The fin projections will soon begin to shorten, and the coloration change dramatically. (see next photos)
Nice wink. Yellowtail coris (coris gaimard)
A rare sight on Maui, a small school of Blackstripe coris (Coris flavovittata). This photo was taken on the north shore of Maui at Maliko gulch, the only place I've ever seen this species on this island.
Because my camera was configured for a rather shallow depth of field when this Ringtail wrasse (Oxycheilinus unifasciatus) swam into frame, about the only part of this hard-to-photograph fish I got in focus is the tip of the nose...but the colors are so beautiful I couldn't bring myself to trash the shot.
A beautiful pair of rockmover wrasses (Novaculichthys taeniourus).
A big, bold yellowtail coris (Coris gaimard)showing off just about every color in the spectrum. Flashy fish.
A juvenile Yellowtail coris (Coris gaimard), just about at the point when it will begin the transformation to the sub-adult stage. The sub-adult/adult stage looks like this.
See? Razor wrasses are always ready to run...
rockmover wrasse (Novaculichthys taeniourus)