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Updated 11/6/2012

Family Scaridae

HAWAII

Scarus psittacus

Female, Hanauma Bay, O‘ahu, 4 feet

 

Male, Kahuwai Bay, Hawai‘i, 4 feet

 

Female, Hanauma Bay, O‘ahu, 25 feet

Female, Hanauma Bay, O‘ahu, 25 feet

 

Female, YO-257 Wreck, Waikiki, O‘ahu, 70 feet

 

Pu'u Olai, Maui, 30 feet

 

Male, Sea Tiger wreck, O‘ahu, 90 feet

 

Male, Kailua Bay, Hawaii, 25 feet

 

Female, Makapu‘u Pinnacle, O‘ahu, 20 feet

 

Juveniles, Moku o Loe, Kaneohe, 2 feet

 

Transitional male, Sea Tiger, Oahu, 80 feet

 PALENOSE PARROTFISH      uhu      Budai

Very common on reefs in small harems where it feeds upon coralline algae.  Oval with a slightly protruding snout, smooth jaws nearly covered by lips, and tail with slightly elongate margins.  Females and juveniles mottled gray or olive with reddish pelvic fins, males blue with pink and yellow hues and a yellowish-green spot at the base of the tail.  Attains 10 inches.  Hawai‘i and the Indo-Pacific.  Females were formerly known as Scarus forsteri, males as Scarus taeniurus.