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Updated 3/21/2015

Family Monacanthidae


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


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.