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Family Muraenidae


Gymnothorax pictus

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 4 feet


Kaupulehu, Hawaii, 6 feet


Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 4 feet

Kapoho tidepool, Hawaii


Rare except around the island of Hawai‘i where it inhabits rocky shorelines.  Actively feeds upon crabs, sometimes leaping out of the water to catch them.  Robust with a blunt head and straight jaws, white densely covered with irregular black spots, bright eyes with four black dots on iris.  Attains 3 feet.  Hawai‘i, the Indo-Pacific, and Tropical Eastern Pacific.  Formerly known as Siderea picta.