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Family Acanthuridae


Acanthurus dussumieri

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 15 feet


Oceanarium, Pacific Beach Hotel, Waikiki


Black Rock, Maui, 15 feet


Left, Oceanarium

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 6 feet


Juvenile, Waimea Bay, Oahu, 25 feet

Juvenile, Waimea Bay, Oahu, 25 feet

WHITESPINE SURGEONFISH      palani        Nise-kanran-hagi

Locally common on shallow reefs in clear water.  Brown with yellowish-orange dorsal and pectoral fins, a large white caudal spine edged with black, blue tail with numerous black dots, and a yellow band around the caudal peduncle.  Attains 21 inches.  Hawai'i and the Indo-Pacific.