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Updated 11/12/2023

Family Pomacentridae


Abudefduf sordidus

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 4 feet


Nuptial colors, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 5 feet

Juvenile, Mokuleia tidepool, Oahu


Juvenile, Kaupo tidepool, Oahu

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 3 feet


Sharks Cove, Oahu, 10 feet

Hanauma Bay, Oahu

Kaiona, Oahu, 4 feet

Kaiona, Oahu, 4 feet

Makapu'u tidepool, O'ahu


A solitary territorial species common in shallow rocky areas where it feeds upon algae and small invertebrates.  Prominent black spot on upper caudal peduncle, absent in A. septemfasciatus.  Juveniles have a yellow spot on the dorsal fin and black dot ahead of the tail, while nuptial males are black with white bars.  Attains 9 inches.  Red Sea to Hawai'i and Pitcairn Island.