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Family Ophidiidae

Cusk Eels

Cusk eels are catfish-like but lack a separate tail fin and the pelvic fins are reduced to Y-tipped rays.  They are shy, nocturnal inhabitants of rocky reefs and shun bright light.  Several species occur in Hawai‘i but only one is likely to be seen by divers.

 

HAWAII

Brotula multibarbata

LARGE-EYE BROTULA

 

 


Family Moridae

False Cods

Morids are cod-like fish of the deep sea with paired dorsal fins, separate tail, and one chin whisker.  Only one species has been seen by divers in shallow water at Midway Atoll.

 

HAWAII

Physiculus grinnelli  

GRINNELL'S MORA