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Updated 2/3/2016

Family Labridae

HAWAII

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Juvenile, Three Tables, Oahu, 10 feet

 

Female, Electric Beach, Oahu, 20 feet

 

Juvenile, Three Tables, Oahu, 10 feet

Male, Electric Beach, Oahu, 20 feet

 

Male, Firehouse, Oahu, 10 feet

Female, Sea Tiger Wreck, Oahu, 95 feet

 

Female, YO-257 Wreck, Oahu, 75 feet

Male, Red Hill, Hawaii, 50 feet

 

Male, Sea Tiger wreck, Oahu, 95 feet

Male, Puako, Hawaii, 25 feet

 

Male, Kewalo, Oahu, 50 feet



Juvenile

   BELTED WRASSE     'ōmaka

Common on shallow reefs where it may aggregate with other small wrasses and parrotfishes.  Juveniles brown or green with irregular white markings and tiny white dots overall.  An orange spot exists above the pectoral fin base in all stages.  Feeds upon small invertebrates.  Attains 6 inches.  Endemic to Hawai'i.  Females were formerly misidentified as Stethojulis axillaris, males as Stethojulis albotaeniatus, both valid species absent in Hawai'i.