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Updated 9/2/2014

Family Kyphosidae


Kyphosus sandwicensis   

Peek-a-boo, Midway Atoll, 40 feet

Phoenix, Midway Atoll, 40 feet


Fish Hole, Midway Atoll, 40 feet


Sharks Cove, Oahu, 10 feet

Dominant male, Fish Hole, Midway, 30 feet


Dominant male, Sharks Cove, Oahu, 20 feet

Fish Hole, Midway Atoll, 20 feet


Yellow belly, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 5 feet


Fish Hole, Midway Atoll, 30 feet


Subadult, Cargo Pier, Midway Atoll, 20 feet

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 4 feet

Midway Atoll


A streamlined, aggregating species common on shallow reefs exposed to surge.  Vertical line drawn from edge of anal fin runs just forward of caudal fin.  Silver with faint gray-brown lines, black along the upper edge of the gill opening, and a black spot at the pectoral fin base, pelvic fin tips well short of anus, 19-20 pectoral rays, 12 soft dorsal rays.  Yellow or yellow-blotched fish are rare.  White-spotted fish exhibiting rapid and erratic activity may be dominant individuals.  Attains 30 inches.  Endemic to Hawai�i.  Formerly confused with Kyphosus bigibbus of the Indo-Pacific and Kyphosus pacificus of Japan's Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands.