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Updated 9/21/2014

Family Balistidae


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



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.