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Updated 6/21/2014

Family Chaetodontidae

HAWAII

Forcipiger flavissimus

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet

Puako, Hawaii, 30 feet

 

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet

 

Kewalo, Oahu, 90 feet

Kewalo, Oahu, 90 feet

 

Puako, Hawaii, 30 feet

Puako, Hawaii, 30 feet

100 foot Hole, Waikiki, Oahu, 80 feet

 

100 foot Hole, Waikiki, Oahu, 80 feet

 

Sea Cave, Oahu, 50 feet

Puako, Hawaii, 45 feet



Honokohau, Hawaii, 30 feet

FORCEPSFISH    lauwiliwili nukunuku 'oi'oi   Fueyakkodai    Mariposa hochicona

Pairs are common on reefs to 350 feet.  Feeds upon tube feet and pedicellariae of echinoderms, worm tentacles, and other invertebrates.  Fish in caves frequently swim upside down along the ceiling.  Dark yellow, region behind pectoral fin lacks small dots, opening of mouth about 5mm, greater than the Longnose Butterflyfish, Forcipiger longirostris, but the overall snout length is less.  Attains 8.5 inches.  Red Sea to Southern Japan, Hawai'i, Easter Island, Mexico, and the Galapagos.

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