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Updated 6/21/2014

Family Labridae

HAWAII

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YO-257 Wreck, Waikiki, Oahu, 80 feet

 

Juvenile with Dascyllus, Koko Craters, Oahu, 30 feet

 

With Eight-lined Wrasse, Lanai Lookout, Oahu, 40 feet

Mahukona, Hawaii, 25 feet

 

Baby Barge, Oahu, 80 feet

Sand Island, Oahu, 35 feet

 

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet

 

Sharks Cove, Oahu, 25 feet

Puako, Hawaii, 35 feet

 

100 ft. Hole, Waikiki, Oahu, 80 feet

100 ft. Hole, Waikiki, Oahu, 80 feet

 

Juvenile, Blowhole, Oahu, 25 feet

 

Sea Tiger Wreck, Oahu, 95 feet

Baby Barge, Oahu, 75 feet

 

YO-257 Wreck, Waikiki, Oahu, 80 feet

Honokohau, Hawaii, 40 feet

 

Juvenile, Ho'okena, Hawaii, 50 feet

 

Pu'u Olai, Maui, 50 feet

 

100-foot Hole, Waikiki, Oahu, 75 feet

Reef's End, Molokini, 70 feet

 

 

Juvenile, Koko Craters, Oahu, 40 feet  (cropped)

 

Reef's End, Molokini, 60 feet

Juvenile, Makua, Oahu, 25 feet     (cropped)

 

cropped

Waimea Bay, Oahu, 15 feet

 

Juvenile, Ke Iki Beach, Oahu, 20 feet

 

Firehouse, Oahu, 50 feet

Makapu'u, Oahu, 25 feet

 

Makapu'u, Oahu, 25 feet

 



Kahalu'u, Hawaii, 4 feet



Puako, Hawaii, 35 feet


Sharks Cove, Oahu, 15 feet


Honokohau, Hawaii, 25 feet


Honokohau, Hawaii, 25 feet

HAWAIIAN CLEANER WRASSE

Common on reefs at any depth where it maintains cleaning stations near large coral heads or ledges.  Attracts customers by darting about in an erratic manner.  Fish of all kinds are known to visit cleaning stations frequently, where they may be observed waiting for their turn, hovering motionless with fins extended, mouth and gill cover open, as the wrasse removes parasites and dead tissue.  Research has demonstrated that fish from reefs where cleaners have been removed become more susceptible to illness.  Juveniles are black with purplish-blue above.  Attains 4 inches.  Endemic to Hawai'i.  Related to Labroides dimidiatus of the Indo-Pacific.