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Family Labridae

HAWAII

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Juvenile, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 20 feet

 

Female, Pitt Stop, Midway, 35 feet

Male, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet

 

Female, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet

Female, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet

 

Juvenile, Angel Ledge, Midway Atoll, 85 feet

Juvenile, Lanai Lookout, 50 feet

BLACKTAIL or OLD WOMAN WRASSE     hīnālea luahine

An inquisitive, pugnacious species locally common on shallow reefs where it feeds upon invertebrates.  Juveniles are greenish-yellow with reddish brown scale edges, adults grayish-brown with dark scale edges, males with a dark head, tail and pectoral fins.  Attains 15 inches.  Endemic to Hawai‘i.