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Updated 8/18/2023

Family Labridae


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Juvenile, Three Tables, Oahu, 10 feet


Female, Electric Beach, Oahu, 20 feet


Juvenile, Three Tables, Oahu, 10 feet

Male, Electric Beach, Oahu, 20 feet


Male, Firehouse, Oahu, 10 feet

Female, Sea Tiger Wreck, Oahu, 95 feet


Female, YO-257 Wreck, Oahu, 75 feet

Male, Red Hill, Hawaii, 50 feet


Male, Sea Tiger wreck, Oahu, 95 feet

Male, Puako, Hawaii, 25 feet


Male, Kewalo, Oahu, 50 feet


Juveniles, Kaiona, Oahu, 5 feet

Juvenile, Kaiona, Oahu, 5 feet

Male, Kahe Point, Oahu, 12 feet

   BELTED WRASSE     'ōmaka

Common on shallow reefs where it may aggregate with other small wrasses and parrotfishes.  Juveniles brown or green with irregular white markings and tiny white dots overall.  An orange spot exists above the pectoral fin base in all stages.  Feeds upon small invertebrates.  Attains 6 inches.  Endemic to Hawai'i.  Females were formerly misidentified as Stethojulis axillaris, males as Stethojulis albotaeniatus, both valid species absent in Hawai'i.