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Updated 6/10/2022

Family Labridae


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Juvenile, Makai Pier, Oahu, 8 feet


Transition phase, Midway Atoll, 25 feet


Male, Kewalo, Oahu, 50 feet


Male, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet


Male, Keauhou, Hawaii, 30 feet

Spawning, Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 30 feet


Female, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, 25 feet

Male, Sea Tiger, Oahu 120 feet


Cleaning 'opelu, 100-foot Hole, Oahu

Shadowing goatfish, Pu'u Olai, Maui, 40 feet


Female, Makaha, Oahu, 15 feet


Feeding on fish eggs, Makapu'u, Oahu, 25 feet

Spawning, Honokohau, Hawaii, 45 feet


Juvenile, Alligator Rock, Oahu, 20 feet


Subadult, Kaiona, Oahu, 6 feet

SADDLE WRASSE     hīnālea lauwili

Perhaps the most common fish on shallow Hawaiian reefs.  Juveniles are striped brown, black and white, gradually assuming the tri-colored adult pattern.  Supermales have a diffuse white streak behind the orange saddle.  Feeds opportunistically on invertebrates, fish eggs, and algae.  Spawning aggregations may be observed on spring and summer afternoons as the tide falls during a new moon, with males herding a group of females until they all dart rapidly upward, releasing eggs and sperm at the peak before descending.  Attains 10 inches.  Endemic to Hawai'i.  May produce hybrids with Sunset or Fivestripe Wrasses.