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Family Moridae

False Cods

A codfish relative from very deep water.  It has a single chin barbel, double dorsal fin, and small rounded caudal fin.  Rarely seen by divers. 


Physiculus grinnelli   

Chromis, Midway Atoll, 45 feet


Endemic to Hawaii.  Two individuals seen in hole at 45 feet on Midway Atoll in 2000.  Orange brown body with yellow fins, large eyes, and single chin barbel.  Very shy and difficult to photograph.  Normally found deeper than 150 feet.  Attains 13 inches.