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Updated 9/21/2014

Family Balistidae

HAWAII

Xanthichthys auromarginatus

Male, Sharkfin, Lana'i, 30 feet

 

Male, Honaunau, Hawaii, 40 feet

Female, Old Airport, Hawaii, 40 feet

 

Female, Sharkfin, Lana'i, 30 feet




Female, Honokohau, Hawaii, 40 feet



Female, Ho'okena, Hawaii, 40 feet


Transitional male, Ho'okena, Hawaii, 40 feet

Juvenile, Molokini Back Wall, 80 feet

 

GILDED or BLUETHROAT TRIGGERFISH     Hoshi-mongara

Locally common on current-swept dropoffs, reefs, and wrecks from 50 to 500 feet.  A skittish species that feeds upon zooplankton in the water column.  Females are gray overall and males have blue cheeks and yellow-margined fins.  Attains 11 inches.  Oceanic islands from Mauritius to the Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, Okinawa, and Hawaii.