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Updated 9/21/2014

Family Scaridae


Chlorurus spilurus

Lanai Lookout, Oahu, 40 feet


Male, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet

Male, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet


Bite marks on dead coral

Female, YO-257, Oahu, 75 feet


Female, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet


Male, Kailua Bay, Hawaii, 15 feet


Juvenile with black spot on peduncle

Juveniles, Moku o Loe, Kaneohe, 3 feet

Juvenile, Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 20 feet

Ho'okena, Hawaii, 50 feet

 BULLETHEAD PARROTFISH         uhu         Budai

Common on shallow reefs where it feeds upon coralline algae.  Head blunt but angular with smooth fused jaws and a square tail.  Females reddish brown with two rows of white dots, orange marks on the head, dark fins, and a pale band ahead of the tail with a large brown spot.  Males variable, blue or green with a yellow or orange center and blue fins.  Juveniles dark with four pale stripes.  Attains 16 inches.  Hawai'i and the Tropical Pacific.  Formerly known as Chlorurus (Scarus) sordidus.