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Updated 6/11/2017

Family Synodontidae


Synodus binotatus

Firehouse, Oahu, 25 feet


Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 30 feet


Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 20 feet


Puako, Hawaii, 25 feet

Juvenile, Puako, Hawaii, 20 feet

USS Macaw wreck, Midway, 25 feet


Slender species commonly observed on coral at scuba depths.  Brassy with five greenish-brown saddles, front third of the body light with herring-bone appearance.  With age the area forward of the dorsal fin becomes pale and the saddle behind the head fades.  Individuals with reddish head can be confused with Synodus rubromarmoratus.  Despite the common name most Synodus have two small dots at the tip of the snout.  Attains 7 inches.  Hawai'i and the Indo-Pacific.