Home > Fishes > Wrasses > Thalassoma duperrey

Updated 6/30/2014

Family Labridae

HAWAII

Thalassoma duperrey endemic.gif (1686 bytes)

Juvenile, Makai Pier, Oahu, 8 feet

 

Transition phase, Midway Atoll, 25 feet

 

Male, Kewalo, Oahu, 50 feet

 

Male, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet

 

Male, Keauhou, Hawaii, 30 feet

Spawning, Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 30 feet

 

Female, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet

Male, Sea Tiger, Oahu 120 feet

 

Cleaning 'opelu, 100-foot Hole, Oahu

Shadowing goatfish, Pu'u Olai, Maui, 40 feet

 

Female, Makaha, Oahu, 15 feet

 

Feeding on fish eggs, Makapu'u, Oahu, 25 feet

Spawning, Honokohau, Hawaii, 45 feet

 

Juvenile, Alligator Rock, Oahu, 20 feet

SADDLE WRASSE     hīnālea lauwili

Perhaps the most common fish on shallow Hawaiian reefs.  Juveniles are striped brown, black and white, gradually assuming the tri-colored adult pattern.  Supermales have a diffuse white streak behind the orange saddle.  Feeds opportunistically on invertebrates, fish eggs, and algae.  Spawning aggregations may be observed on spring and summer afternoons as the tide falls during a new moon, with males herding a group of females until they all dart rapidly upward, releasing eggs and sperm at the peak before descending.  Attains 10 inches.  Closely related to the extremely rare Sunset wrasse with which it may interbreed to produce hybrid offspringEndemic to Hawai'i.