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Updated 3/21/2015

Family Monacanthidae

HAWAII

Cantherhines sandwichiensis

Hanauma Bay, O'ahu, 25 feet

 

Makaha, O'ahu, 15 feet

Kewalo Pipe, O'ahu, 50 feet



Sharks Cove,O'ahu, 20 feet

SQUARETAIL FILEFISH     'ō'ili lepa

Uncommon on shallow reefs exposed to surge where it feeds upon algae and invertebrates.  Gray to nearly black with blue lines on the head and a pair of white spots at the base of transparent yellow dorsal and anal fins.  Attains 8 inches.  Occurs only in Hawai'i, Johnston Island, Rarotonga, Rapa, and Pitcairn Island.  Related to Cantherines pardalis of the Indo-Pacific.