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Family Chaetodontidae


Hemitaurichthys polylepis

Koko Head Wall, Oahu, 50 feet


Night colors, Sharkfin, Lana'i, 60 feet

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet


Chromis, Midway Atoll, 40 feet

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet


Schooling Pyramid & Thompson's Butterflyfishes, Koko Head Wall, 30 feet

Baboon's nose, Oahu, 25 feet

YO-257 wreck, Waikiki, Oahu, 50 feet


100 ft. Hole, Waikiki, Oahu, 75 feet

Molokini Back Wall, 30 feet


Sea Cave, Oahu, 50 feet


Wakatobi, Indonesia, 30 feet

Reef's End, Molokini, 50 feet


Forms aggregations high above reefs, ledges, walls, and wrecks exposed to current to 150 feet.  Feeds upon zooplankton.  Head color variable.  Attains 7 inches.  Indonesia to Japan, Hawai‘i, and Pitcairn Island.  Replaced in the Indian Ocean by Hemitaurichthys zoster.