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Updated 3/5/2014

Family Chaetodontidae


Chaetodon ephippium

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 4 feet


Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 45 feet


Kapoho, Hawaii, 5 feet


Juvenile, Moku o Loe, Kaneohe, Oahu, 3 feet


 Juvenile, Faga'alu, Samoa, 5 feet

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 4 feet

 SADDLEBACK BUTTERFLYFISH    kīkākapu   Seguro-chochouo

Skittish species often found as pair on shallow reefs or in protected lagoons and harbors, quite rare in Hawai'i but fairly common elsewhere.  Feeds upon coral polyps, benthic invertebrates, filamentous algae, and fish eggs.  Attains 12 inches.  Sri Lanka to Japan, Hawai'i, and the Marquesas.