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Updated 9/4/2021

Family Pomacentridae


Pycnochromis vanderbilti

Lanai Lookout, Oahu, 40 feet


Kahe Point, Oahu, Hawaii, 35 feet

Sharkfin, Lana'i, 60 feet


Lanai Lookout, Oahu, 45 feet

Sea Tiger, Oahu, 75 feet


Kaiser's, Oahu, 15 feet

Alligator Rock, Oahu, 25 feet

Ho'okena, Hawaii, 15 feet


Very common in small aggregations feeding upon zooplankton just above the reef at scuba depths.  The lower lobe of the tail and anal fin is black.  Pycnochromis acares has a yellow tail and is rarely seen in Hawai'i.  Attains 2.5 inches.  Vietnam to Japan, Hawai'i, and Pitcairn.  Formerly known as Chromis vanderbilti.