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Updated 9/21/2014

Family Labridae

HAWAII

Oxycheilinus unifasciatus

Juvenile, Cargo Pier, Midway Atoll, 20 feet

 

Initial phase, Puako, Hawaii, 45 feet

Juvenile, Kea'au, Oahu, 40 feet

 

Supermale, Maui Ocean Center

 

Supermale, Kona Village, 35 feet

Initial phase, Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii, 20 feet

 

Initial phase, Red Hill, Hawaii, 50 feet

 

Night pattern, Red Hill, Hawaii, 50 feet

Initial phase, Puako, Hawaii, 30 feet

 

Supermale, Fish Hole, Midway Atoll, 45 feet

 

Initial phase, Fish Hole, Midway Atoll, 45 feet

 

Initial phase, Kapalua, Maui



Juvenile, Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 20 feet


Subadult, Ho'okena, Hawaii, 50 feet
   

RINGTAIL WRASSE        pō'ou

A common solitary predator of small fishes on coral reefs in clear water at scuba depths.  Immature fish are gray or reddish brown with a white band ahead of the tail, becoming more colorful with age.  Since it feeds heavily on reef fishes this species often causes ciguatera poisoning and should not be eaten.  Attains 18 inches.  Hawai'i and the Tropical and Subtropical Pacific.  Formerly known as Cheilinus rhodochrous.