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Updated 6/30/2014

Family Pomacentridae


Abudefduf abdominalis   

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 20 feet


Nuptial, Pitt Stop, Midway, 30 feet

Spawning, Fish Hole, Midway Atoll, 35 feet


Juvenile, Firehouse, Oahu, 25 feet


Nests, Fish Hole, Midway Atoll, 35 feet


Eggs being eaten, Makapu'u, Oahu, 25 feet

Juveniles, Moku o Loe, Oahu, 3 feet


Hanauma Bay, Oahu

Honokohau, Hawaii, 20 feet


Common in aggregations hovering above reef outcrops and ledges exposed to current where they feed upon zooplankton.  Silver with a blue or green cast and yellow above in juveniles, shifting to the central body in adults, five black bars with the last barely present on the caudal peduncle in adults, silver tail, and protruding snout.  Nuptial males appear more blue with yellow replacing some of the black bars.  Nests are circular patches of tiny purple eggs.  Hybrids have been observed between this species and the recently established Indo-Pacific Sergeant.  Attains 9 inches.  Endemic to Hawai'i.