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Updated 6/30/2014

Family Balistidae


Melichthys vidua

Puako, Hawaii, 30 feet


Molokini Back Wall, 50 feet

Reef's End, Molokini, 50 feet


Sea Tiger, Oahu, 90 feet

100 foot Hole, Waikiki, Oahu, 85 feet



Honokohau, Hawaii, 50 feet

PINKTAIL TRIGGERFISH     Humuhumu hi'ukole    Kuro-mongara

A solitary species of coral reefs with good water circulation from 10 to 200 feet.  Feeds upon algae, detritus, invertebrates & fishes.  Distinctive pink tail may appear green underwater.  Attains 13 inches.  Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific.