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Updated 1/27/2013

Family Kyphosidae

Chubs

Chubs are football-shaped herbivores that may form aggregations in shallow rocky areas.  Most are rather drab but two-toned, spotted, or yellow forms may be encountered.  Considerable experience is required to properly identify some species.  Since chubs are herbivorous they have soft, seaweed-flavored flesh of limited value.  Known in Hawai‘i as nenue or enenue.

 

HAWAII

Kyphosus cinerascens

HIGHFIN CHUB

 

Kyphosus vaigiensis

LOWFIN CHUB

 

Kyphosus sandwicensis   

GRAY or PACIFIC CHUB

 

Kyphosus hawaiiensis   

HAWAIIAN CHUB

 

Kyphosus hawaiiensis   

HAWAIIAN CHUB, Yellow morph

 

 

Sectator ocyurus

BLUESTRIPED CHUB

 


EASTERN PACIFIC

Hermosilla azurea

ZEBRAPERCH

 

Medialuna californiensis

HALFMOON


TROPICAL WESTERN ATLANTIC

Kyphosus incisor

YELLOW CHUB

 

Kyphosus sectatrix

BERMUDA CHUB

 



 Family Girellidae

Nibblers

Temperate relatives of chubs.  Common where they occur.  Only one species recorded from the Hawaiian Islands.

MIDWAY & JAPAN

Girella leonina

BLACKEDGE NIBBLER    Kuro-mejina

 


EASTERN PACIFIC

Girella nigricans

OPALEYE