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Updated 10/22/2020

Family Ophidiidae

Brotulas (Cusk Eels)

Brotulas 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.

 

INDO-PACIFIC / HAWAII

Brotula multibarbata

LARGE-EYE BROTULA

 



Family Bythitidae

Viviparous Brotulas

Small cave-dwelling fishes that bear live young.  Unlike true brotulas these have a separate caudal fin, lack numerous barbels.  Three rarely observed species occur in Hawai'i.

 

HAWAII - ENDEMIC

Grammonus nagaredai 

NAGAREDA'S VIVIPAROUS 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 - ENDEMIC

Physiculus grinnelli  

GRINNELL'S MORA