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Family Holocentridae


Myripristis berndti

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet


Fish Hole, Midway, 30 feet

100 ft. Hole, Waikiki, Oahu, 85 feet

Molokini Back Wall, 60 feet

BIGSCALE SOLDIERFISH         'ū'ū        Aka-matsukasa

Common in mixed-species aggregations under ledges at scuba depths.  Large scaled, with an orange spiny dorsal fin, red soft dorsal, anal, and caudal fins edged with white, and a black bar on the eye and gill opening above the pectoral fin.  Attains 11 inches.  Hawai'i, the Indo-Pacific, and Tropical Eastern Pacific.