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Updated 6/30/2014

Family Mullidae


Parupeneus insularis

Juvenile, Okoe Bay, Hawaii, 35 feet


Subadult, Okoe Bay, Hawaii, 35 feet

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet


Adult Doublebar Goatfish, Hanauma Bay, 30 feet

Honaunau, Hawaii, 15 feet


Honokohau, Hawaii, 30 feet

Juvenile, Sharks Cove, Oahu, 40 feet


Juvenile, Firehouse, Oahu, 20 feet

Honokohau, Hawaii, 25 feet

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 8 feet


Uncommon along rocky areas exposed to surge.  Best identified by the broad white band ahead of the tail, reddish-purple tail, and thick lips.  Juveniles are grayish while adults are cherry red to blue-violet.  Known locally as the Joe Lewis kumu because of its thick lips.  Attains 16 inches and 4 pounds.  Hawai'i, Micronesia, and Polynesia.  Formerly known as Parupeneus bifasciatus.  Related to Parupeneus crassilabris and Parupeneus trifasciatus