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Updated 5/15/2014

Family Gobiidae


Awaous stamineus

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 COMMON STREAM GOBY     'o'opu nākea

Locally common in fresh or brackish water streams near the ocean.  Large tapering head, thick lips, and a dark spot at the base of the tail.  A delicacy enjoyed by native Hawaiians.  Attains 12 inches.  Recent DNA analysis indicates the species is endemic to Hawai'i but is closely related to and long-confused with Awaous guamensis which is known from high islands of the Marianas, New Caledonia, and Fiji.