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Family Caracanthidae

Orbicular Velvetfishes

Small plump fishes with coarse velvety skin, they inhabit branching Pocillopora corals.  Typically overlooked due to their small size and shy nature.  Related to the true Velvetfishes in the Family Aploactinidae.

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HAWAIIAN VELVETFISH