𝐴𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑙𝑓𝑖𝑠ℎ: 𝐹𝑎𝑟 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝐻𝑜𝑚𝑒

The first record of the Johnston Atoll endemic pygmy angelfish 𝑪𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒑𝒚𝒈𝒆 𝒏𝒂𝒉𝒂𝒄𝒌𝒚𝒊 Kosaki, 1989 from Oahu, Hawaii. Filmed at a depth of ~50m off the west side of the island in May of 2021, this represents only the third record of this species for all of Hawaii.

Both prior individuals were found off the west side of the Big Island, the first at Honaunau in 1988, and the second at South Point in 2013. A very rarely occurring stray, its presence in Hawaii will be discussed in a forthcoming scientific publication.

Filmed & Edited by Brian D. Greene

With: Robert Whitton, Jason Crowder & Blade Shepherd-Jones

Oahu, Hawaii. May 6th, 2021

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  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Music Video, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 12, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    6k Digital Cinema, ZCam.
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Hawaii
Director Biography

Brian David Greene (b.1980) is a Research Associate with the Center for the Exploration of Coral Reef Ecosystems (XCORE) at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii. He studied Marine Science and Zoology at the University of Hawaii, and has recently returned to UH in pursuit of a PhD.

He was raised on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. There, he began collecting fishes at age five and took up SCUBA at age eleven. After thousands of dives across Micronesia, he left Kwajalein (1998) to study Marine Science and Zoology at the University of Hawaii. Since 2001 he has participated in dozens of deep reef exploratory expeditions utilizing mixed gas rebreathers. He specializes in the collection of fish species new to science. His adventures have taken him across the Indo-Pacific with such institutions as Academia Sinica, the Association for Marine Exploration, BBC, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, California Academy of Sciences, Conservation International, National Geographic, NOAA, Paris Museum, and the University of Hawaii.

He now lives in Kailua, HI, and continues to collaborate on deep reef expeditions with Bishop Museum, Cal Academy, and the University of Hawaii and contracts with National Geographic. He has co-authored multiple descriptions of new fish species such as: 𝑻𝒐𝒔𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒃𝒂𝒎𝒂, a new basslet (Perciformes, Percoidei, Serranidae) from deep coral reefs in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (2016) and Five New Species Of The Damselfish Genus 𝑪𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒔 (Perciformes: Labroidei: Pomacentridae) From Deep Coral Reefs In The Tropical Western Pacific (2008).

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