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Myripristis vittata

Chromis, Midway, 70 feet

 

Wakatobi, Indonesia, 50 feet

Molokini Back Wall, 100 feet

WHITETIP SOLDIERFISH        ‘ū‘ū         Beni-matsukasa

Very rare in Hawai‘i at deeper scuba depths with other soldierfishes along Molokini crater's outer wall and Midway Atoll.  Solid red with a rounded snout, narrow caudal peduncle ahead of the tail, and dorsal fin spines with white tips.  Attains 7 inches.  Hawai‘i and the Western Indian Ocean east throughout the Tropical Pacific.