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Updated 6/21/2014

Family Monacanthidae


Cantherhines dumerilii

Male, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 30 feet


Female, Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, 5 feet

Male, Kewalo Pipe, Oahu, 45 feet



Female, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 20 feet



Feeding, Kewalo Pipe, Oahu, 45 feet


Bite marks, Kewalo Pipe


Coral in mouth, Molokini

Male, Honokohau, Hawaii, 25 feet


Mated pairs are fairly common on coral reefs at scuba depths.  Feeds primarily upon Cauliflower Coral, biting off small chunks leaving a white scar.  Grayish-brown with faint vertical bars, orange around the eye and a white mouth.  Females have a brown tail, males orange.  Attains 15 inches.  Hawai'i, the Indo-Pacific, and Tropical Eastern Pacific.