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Family Latridae (Cheilodactylidae)

Morwongs

Morwongs are an unusual family in terms of their appearance and anti-tropical distribution.  They are partial to subtropical locations including Japan, Australia, and Hawaii and feed upon small invertebrates.  They are more active than hawkfishes, roaming about the reef in search of food.  Family formerly Cheilodactylidae, genus name formerly Cheilodactylus.

 

HAWAII

Goniistius vittatus 

HAWAIIAN MORWONG

 


JAPAN

Goniistius quadricornis

BLACKBARRED MORWONG

 

Goniistius zebra

REDLIP MORWONG

 

Goniistius zonatus

SPOTTEDTAIL MORWONG