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Updated 8/11/2013

Family Pomacentridae


Stegastes marginatus   

Palea Point, Oahu, 25 feet


Juvenile, Pupukea, Oahu, 30 feet

Kewalo Pipe, Oahu, 50 feet


Corsair, Oahu, 100 feet

Sharks Cove, Oahu, 15 feet


Juvenile, Sharks Cove, Oahu, 30 feet

Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 20 feet

Juvenile, Hanauma Bay, Oahu


Very common solitary inhabitant of shallow reefs where it cultivates filamentous algae as food.  Vigorously defends this farm against roving herbivores.  Light gray-brown with black scale edges and yellow eyes, juveniles with neon blue fin margins and yellow tail.  Attains 5 inches.  Endemic to Hawai‘i.  Recently separated from Stegastes fasciolatus of the Tropical Pacific also formerly known as Eupomacentrus jenkinsi.