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Family Polynemidae

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Polydactylus sexfilis

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 3 feet

 

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 3 feet

 

Juvenile, Makapu'u tidepool, Oahu

 

Pacific Beach Hotel, Oahu

 

Cargo Pier, Midway Atoll

Punalu'u, Oahu, 3 feet

  SIX-FEELER THREADFIN    moi

Locally common in shallow sandy areas exposed to breaking waves.  An excellent food fish formerly reserved for royalty, moi are now raised in backyard ponds and offshore cages.  Attains 24 inches and 9.5 pounds but most observed in the wild are less than half that size.   Hawaii & the Indo-West Pacific.