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Family Blenniidae


Plagiotremus ewaensis   

Waimanalo, Oahu, 20 feet

Palea Point, Oahu, 25 feet


Firehouse, Oahu, 25 feet

Ke'ei, Hawaii, 30 feet


NWHI coloration, Angel Ledge, Midway Atoll, 70 feet


NWHI coloration, Fish Hole, Midway Atoll, 40 feet

Waimea Bay, Oahu, 40 feet



Lanai Lookout, Oahu, 45 feet


Fairly common on reefs at scuba depths where it lives in vermetid snail tubes.  Swims like a cleaner wrasse, with a bouncing action to attract unwary fish which are then bitten, the sharp incisors taking a chunk of flesh.  Fish from the Midway end of the chain have more brown than those to the east.  Attains 4 inches.  Endemic to Hawaii.  Closely related to Plagiotremus rhinorhynchos of the Indo-Pacific.