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Family Creediidae

Sandburrowers

Tiny fishes rarely seen as they remain partially buried in coarse sand in sand pocket and channels near hard reef.  The best way to detect them is to make a claw with your hand and slide the fingertips forward through the sand.  Any fish present will rapidly dart away before diving back into the sand about a foot away.  If you are lucky one may come to rest on hard bottom long enough for a closer look.  I learned this technique from the famous ichthyologist Dr. John E. Randall.

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HAWAII

Limnichthys nitidus

ELEGANT SANDBURROWER