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Updated 9/23/2013

Family Acanthuridae

HAWAII

Acanthurus nigrofuscus

Koloa Landing, Kauai, 20 feet

 

YO-257 wreck, Waikiki, 90 feet

YO-257 wreck, Waikiki, 90 feet

 

Lanai Lookout, Oahu, 30 feet

Subadult, Kewalo Pipe, Oahu, 50 feet

 

Firehouse, Oahu, 20 feet

 

Juvenile, Firehouse, Oahu, 20 feet

Honaunau, Hawaii, 6 feet

Juvenile, Ho'okena, Hawaii, 30 feet

BROWN SURGEONFISH or LAVENDER TANG    ma'i'i'i   Naganiza

Abundant on shallow reefs exposed to surge where it feeds upon filamentous algae.  An aggressive territorial species that may join mixed-species aggregations to feed.  Base color varies from gray to dark brown with orange dots on the face and purple fins, with a pair of black spots at the posterior base of the dorsal and anal fins.  Attains 8 inches.  Hawai'i and the Indo-Pacific.