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Updated 12/27/2013

Family Lethrinidae

HAWAII

Monotaxis grandoculis

Juvenile, Three Tables, Oahu, 35 feet

 

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 40 feet

Open water color, Molokini Back Wall, 60 feet

 

South Pacific color, Faga'alu, Samoa, 15 feet

Juvenile, Firehouse, Oahu, 25 feet

 

Molokini Crater, Maui

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 40 feet

 

YO-257 Wreck, Waikiki, Oahu, 75 feet

YO-257 Wreck, Waikiki, Oahu, 75 feet

 

Juvenile, Sharks Cove, Oahu, 25 feet

 

Reef's End, Molokini, 60 feet

Reef's End, Molokini, 60 feet

 

Kewalo Pipe, Oahu, 50 feet



Juvenile, Sharks Cove, Oahu, 25 feet

BIGEYE EMPEROR    mū     Yokoshima-kurodai

Fairly common singly or in small groups over coral reefs in clear water at scuba depths.  Juveniles are white with several dark brown saddles, large adults silvery with saddles that may be displayed at will.  Color scheme variable in other parts of its range.  Feeds primarily at night upon gastropods and crabs, crushing them with molar-like teeth.  It is an excellent food fish and difficult to approach.  Attains length of 2 feet and 13 pounds.  Hawai'i and the Indo-Pacific.