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Family Holocentridae


Sargocentron spiniferum

Molokini back wall, 50 feet


Phoenix, Midway Atoll, 45 feet

Tafananai, American Samoa, 50 feet

LONGJAW or SABER SQUIRRELFISH      'ala'ihi     Togari-ebisu

An uncommon solitary species found in crevices at scuba depths.  Protruding snout with a large spine on the preopercular gill cover, fin rays orange or yellow, and the spiny dorsal fins is vermilion.  Frequently captured for consumption, it is known locally as 'ala'ihi mama.  Attains 18 inches.  Hawai'i and the Indo-Pacific.