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Updated 6/28/2016

Family Scaridae


  Calotomus carolinus

Female, Koko Craters, O'ahu, 30 feet


Male, Molokini, Maui, 50 feet

Sleeping Male, Kailua-Kona Pier, 15 feet


Female, Night, Hanauma Bay, O'ahu, 4 feet


Juvenile, Waikiki Aquarium


Male, Hanauma Bay, O'ahu, 20 feet

Juvenile, Sea Tiger Wreck, O'ahu, 95 feet



Female, Kewalo Pipe, O'ahu, 50 feet


Female, Pu'u Olai, Maui, 50 feet

Female, Hanauma Bay, O'ahu, 4 feet


Juvenile, Kewalo, O'ahu, 50 feet

Male, Sunabe, Okinawa, 25 feet

  STAREYE PARROTFISH        pōnuhunuhu         Taiwan-budai

Fairly common on shallow reefs where it feeds upon seaweed using rough jaws composed of fused pebble-like teeth.  Females brown or mottled with light scale edges and slightly bulging eyes, juveniles with black pectoral fin base and three rows of light spots, males blue-green with pink lines radiating from the eye.  Attains 20 inches.  Hawai'i, the Indo-Pacific, and Tropical Eastern Pacific.  Formerly known as Calotomus spinidens.