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Updated 3/26/2013

Family Chaetodontidae


Heniochus diphreutes

Koko Head Wall, Oahu, 40 feet


Juvenile, Makua, Oahu, 30 feet

Rapture Reef, French Frigate Shoals, 75 feet


Lanai Lookout, Oahu, 40 feet

Koko Head Wall, Oahu, 40 feet


Molokini Back Wall, 30 feet

Angel Ledge, Midway Atoll, 85 feet


Waimea Bay, Oahu, 15 feet

Waimea Bay, Oahu, 15 feet

Juvenile, Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 5 feet

 PENNANT BUTTERFLYFISH    Mure-hatatatedai

A subtropical species locally common in aggregations near ledges, drop-offs & wrecks exposed to strong current from 50 to 700 feet.  Feeds upon zooplankton high above the reef.  Visible scales and feeding behavior easily distinguish it from the Moorish Idol.  Attains 7 inches.  Spotty distribution from the Red and South Africa to Japan, Hawai‘i, Australia, and New Zealand.  The benthic Heniochus acuminatus does not occur in Hawai‘i.