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Updated 7/5/2023

Family Ophichtyidae


Callechelys lutea   

Kailua Bay, Hawaii, 35 feet



 Kahekili Point, Maui


North Kihei, Maui


Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, 15 feet


Mahukona, Hawaii


South Kohala, Hawaii

Kailua Bay, Hawaii, 35 feet




Fairly common in sandy areas where it may be observed protruding a few inches out of the sand waiting for small fish or crustaceans to pass by.  Thick with a stubby pointed nose and small mouth, white or pale yellow with close-set irregular black spots that may be arranged into bars.  Attains 5 feet.  Endemic to Hawai'i.  The rare Callechelys marmorata has small widely-spaced black spots on the head.