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Family Lutjanidae


Etelis carbunculus

SHORT-TAIL or YELLOWSTRIPED RED SNAPPER      ‘ehu      Hachijo-akamutsu

Formerly common along deep ledges from 600 to 1000 feet but now depleted due to overfishing.    Red with a prominent yellow stripe, head stout with five conical teeth on each side of the upper jaw and two below, forked tail lacks elongate tips.  A voracious predator of small fish & crustaceans.  An excellent food fish with fine white flesh of lesser importance than opakapaka and onaga, and member of the Deep Seven.  Attains 3 feet and at least 10 pounds.  The traditional Hawaiian name ‘ula‘ula is rarely used today being replaced by ‘ehu, which means 'reddish-brown'.  Hawai‘i and the Indo-Pacific.