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Goniistius vittatus   

Morwongs sleeping, Fish Hole, Midway, 40 feet, 24mm

Fish Hole, Midway Atoll, 35 feet

 

Cargo Pier, Midway Atoll, 35 feet

Cargo Pier, Midway Atoll, 35 feet

 

 HAWAIIAN MORWONG        kīkākapu

Rare deeper than 100 feet in the Main Hawaiian Islands but common at scuba depths at Midway Atoll.  A nocturnal species that feeds upon small invertebrates, resting under ledges during the day.  Attains 16 inches.  Endemic to Hawai‘i.