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Updated 8/14/2016

Family Diodontidae

HAWAII

Diodon hystrix

Fish Hole, Midway Atoll, 30 feet

 

Sea Tiger wreck, O'ahu, 80 feet

 



Makapu'u Pinnacle, O'ahu, 25 feet


Makapu'u Pinnacle, O'ahu, 25 feet




Pupukea Firehouse, O'ahu, 20 feet


Kalaupapa, Moloka'i

 SPOTTED PORCUPINEFISH    kōkala        Nezumi-fugu

Fairly common on shallow reefs where it feeds upon shellfish at night.  Gray-brown with reddish-brown spots on body and fins, spines long and sharp.  Small groups may be observed hovering far above the reef.  Attains 15 inches.  Tropical and subtropical seas worldwide.