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Family Oplegnathidae

HAWAII & JAPAN

Oplegnathus fasciatus

Pitt Stop, Midway, 50 feet

 

Cargo Pier, Midway Atoll, 20 feet

 

Juvenile, Fish Hole, Midway, 45 feet

BARRED KNIFEJAW        Ishidai

Fairly common on rocky reefs of Japan where it is a popular sport and food fish, it is uncommon in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  Charcoal gray with lighter bars gradually disappearing with age, face of large fish becoming black.  Rarely hybridizes with the Spotted Knifejaw.  Attains at least 15 inches.  Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hawai‘i.