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Updated 8/14/2016

Family Labridae


Iniistius pavo

Juvenile, Firehouse, O'ahu, 35 feet




Kahe Point, O'ahu, 30 feet


Juvenile, Honaunau, Hawai'i, 25 feet


Juvenile, Firehouse, O'ahu, 35 feet


Juvenile, Alligator Rock, O'ahu, 25 feet

Black Morph, Kewalo, O'ahu, 90 feet


Black morph, Pu'u Olai, Maui, 50 feet

Black Morph, Hanauma Bay, O'ahu, 30 feet


Juvenile, Firehouse, O'ahu, 30 feet

Juvenile, Firehouse, O'ahu, 30 feet

PEACOCK RAZORFISH     laenihi     Hoshi-tensu

Locally common over sand at scuba depths and juveniles are seen during summer.  Color pattern varies with age, adults gray with indistinct vertical bars, a white patch behind the pectoral fins, and a small oblong black spot above.  Black individuals are rare and nearly indistinguishable from black Iniistius aneitensis.  Attains 12 inches.  A popular food fish that feeds upon buried invertebrates and dives into the sand when threatened.  Hawai�i, Indo-Pacific, and Tropical Eastern Pacific.  Formerly known as Hemipteronotus pavoninus, black fish as Hemipteronotus niger.