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updated 9/9/2012

Family Kuhliidae

Flagtails

Flagtails are bright silver fishes with two dorsal fins and large eyes.  They are nocturnal and may be found as aggregations in shallow rocky areas exposed to wave action.  Juveniles are seasonally common in tidepools, brackish estuaries, and fishponds.  Adults feed upon zooplankton and are excellent food fishes.

 

HAWAII

Kuhlia xenura   

HAWAIIAN FLAGTAIL     āholehole

 

 

Kuhlia sandwicensis

RETICULATED FLAGTAIL     āholehole


INDO-PACIFIC

Kuhlia mugil

In tidepool, Sliding Rock, American Samoa

BARRED FLAGTAIL

 



Family Gerreidae

Mojarras

Silvery, diamond-shaped fishes of shallow soft habitats where they feed upon small invertebrates.  None occur in Hawaii.

 

WESTERN ATLANTIC

Eucinostomus gula

SILVER JENNY