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Family Muraenidae


Gymnothorax steindachneri   

Macaw wreck, Midway Atoll, 40 feet


Kaupo Bay, Oahu, 4 feet

Kaupo Bay, Oahu, 4 feet


Rare on shallow reefs around the Main Hawaiian Islands but common in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  Head tapering with straight jaws, cream with distinctive brown throat grooves, irregular brown spots arranged into obscure patches or rows, a dark spot around the gill opening, and white fin margins.  Attains 3 feet.  Endemic to Hawai'i.