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Updated 8/14/2016

Family Mullidae


Mulloidichthys flavolineatus

Hanauma Bay, O'ahu, 15 feet


Night colors, Honolua Bay, Maui, 30 feet

Honolua Bay, Maui, 30 feet


Kahe Point, O'ahu, 25 feet

Juvenile at night, Makapu'u tidepool, O'ahu

Hanauma Bay, O'ahu, 4 feet


Honaunau, Hawaii, 15 feet


Honokohau, Hawaii, 30 feet


Cargo Pier, Midway Atoll, 20 feet


Sharks Cove, O'ahu, 15 feet

Pupukea Firehouse, O'ahu, 25 feet

Night, Makai Pier, O'ahu, 15 feet

YELLOWSTRIPE GOATFISH      weke 'a      'oama       Himeji

Aggregations are common on shallow sandy reefs.  White with pale fins, small eyes with a pale iris, and a yellow stripe that often exhibits a dark spot below the first dorsal fin.  Color at night and after death is mottled pink and gray.  Feeds upon buried invertebrates primarily during the day.  The head and guts should not be eaten as it may cause hallucinations.  Known locally as White weke and juveniles as 'oama, which are highly sought by anglers as food or bait.  Attains 15 inches.  Hawai'i and the Indo-Pacific.  Formerly known as Mulloidichthys samoensis.