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Updated 3/10/2013

Family Chaetodontidae


Forcipiger longirostris

Old Kona Airport, Hawaii, 40 feet


Ke'ei, Hawaii, 45 feet


Transition phase, Honaunau, Hawaii, 30 feet


Dark phase, Puako, Hawaii, 30 feet


Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, 50 feet


Puako, Hawaii, 30 feet

YO-257 Wreck, Waikiki, Oahu, 80 feet


Sand Island Pipe, Oahu, 75 feet

Sand Island Pipe, Oahu, 75 feet


Puako, Hawaii, 35 feet

Puako, Hawaii, 35 feet

Mokuleia, Oahu, 100 feet


Puako, Hawaii, 45 feet

LONGNOSE BUTTERFLYFISH    lauwiliwili nukunuku ‘oi‘oi   Ofueyakkodai

Pairs are locally common on seaward reefs to 200 feet.  Brown fish are encountered along the leeward coast of the island of Hawai‘i, and the species is rarely seen west of O’ahu.  Feeds upon small crustaceans.  Bright yellow or brown, mouth opening less than 5mm and a white patch behind the pectoral fin contains rows of brown dots.  The Forcepsfish, Forcipiger flavissimus has a larger gape, shorter snout, and lacks the white breast patch.  Attains 8.5 inches.  East Africa to Ogasawara, Hawai‘i, and Pitcairn Island.

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