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Q: Fish Identification - Molokini Reef, Hawaii ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Fish Identification - Molokini Reef, Hawaii
Category: Science
Asked by: mikesf78-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 27 Jul 2006 00:11 PDT
Expires: 26 Aug 2006 00:11 PDT
Question ID: 749991
I went on a Scuba diving trip to Maui's Molokini Reef and am trying to
identify two different types of fish that are in one of my pictures.

I posted a large image so that one is able to see the details of the
fish.  I have been unable to identify the following two fish shown in
the picture:

The silver fish, with a large black eye. There is a large vertical
stripe right behing the fish's eye, and this type of fish is the most
plentiful in the picture. The fish has a reddish edge to it's tail and
rear two fins (best seen on the fish at the bottom left of the

The slightly larger solid black fish with a yellow ring around its
eye. There are 3-4 of these fish visible at the center of the picture.

I would a specific identification of each of these fish. A complete
answer provides a detailed common name (such as "White Tip Reef Shark"
rather than just "shark"), and either a scientific name
(genus/species) OR the Hawaiian name of the fish. A complete answer to
my question also references the links or sources that support the
accurate identification of the fish.
Subject: Re: Fish Identification - Molokini Reef, Hawaii
Answered By: jackburton-ga on 02 Aug 2006 03:15 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi mikesf78!
The silver fish with the large black eye is: Myripristis kuntee
Common names: Pearly soldierfish, Shoulderbar squirrelfish,
Shoulderbar soldierfish, Epaulette soldierfish
The dark one with the yellow ring around its eye is: Ctenochaetus strigosus
Common names: Spotted surgeonfish, Kole tang, Yelloweye Bristletooth,
Goldring Bristletooth, Goldring Surgeonfish, Yelloweye Surgeonfish
Best regards,
mikesf78-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Excellent, clear response. Exactly what I wanted!

Subject: Re: Fish Identification - Molokini Reef, Hawaii
From: eion-ga on 27 Jul 2006 03:11 PDT
when diving i just refer to them as big eyes , it is the slang for
them , i will try and find a more official title
Subject: Re: Fish Identification - Molokini Reef, Hawaii
From: rissos-ga on 31 Jul 2006 04:53 PDT
The silver fish with the black eyes is a Shoulderbar Soldierfish,
Myripristis kuntee.
More details and photos can be found on this page:
I used to find the species. This is a great resource for
anything fish-related. Once in I did a search for reef-associated fish
in Hawaii, and then used distinguishing feateres to try to narrow it
down e.g. eye, stripe etc in the name.
I'm having less luck identifying the other species. Maybe someone more
famiuliar with Pacific species might have more luck.

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