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updated 11/4/2014

Family Kuhliidae


Kuhlia sandwicensis

Juvenile, Kanewai Spring, Kuli'ou'ou, Oahu


Rare in shallow rocky areas with freshwater intrusion.  Juveniles occur in tidepools, brackish estuaries, and fishponds.  Feeds upon zooplankton and worms.  Silver with maze-like pattern on forehead, small round eyes, forehead with straight profile, body appears stubby next to K. xenura.  Attains 11 inches.  Hawai'i, Pitcairn, & the Central Pacific.  Records of this species in Hawaii usually refer to the common endemic Kuhlia xenura.  Erroneously reported from Hawaii as Kuhlia marginata.