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Updated 3/10/2013

Family Chaetodontidae

HAWAII

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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