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Family Kyphosidae

HAWAII

Kyphosus hawaiiensis   

Pitt Stop, Midway Atoll, 40 feet

 

 

 

Dark phase, Pitt Stop, Midway Atoll, 30 feet

 

Yellow form, Phoenix, Midway Atoll, 45 feet

 

Subadult, Cargo Pier, Midway Atoll, 15 feet

 

Sharks Cove, Oahu, 25 feet

Sharks Cove, Oahu, 15 feet

HAWAIIAN CHUB      nenue

A robust, skittish species quite rare in small groups on reefs exposed to surge at any depth, the population center appears to be the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  Vertical line drawn from edge of anal fin runs through middle of gap between dorsal and caudal fin.  Gray with faint brown lines, sometimes with a pale mid-body band, or charcoal gray with iridescent speckles, black along the upper edge of the gill opening, and a black spot at the pectoral fin base, pelvic fin tips nearly reaching anus, 18 pectoral rays, 12 soft dorsal rays.  Attains 20 inches.  Endemic to Hawai‘i.