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Raccoon butterflyfish

Chaetodon (Rabdophorus) lunula


Body and fins bright yellow, shading to brown on upper back; a black bar from forehead through eye, with white bar immediately behind; an oblique black bar angled from upper edge of opercle to back of spiny dorsal; thin oblique brown lines on lower body; a black bar from soft dorsal onto tail base. Supposedly nocturnal - but there were plenty of these during the day.


Marine, tropical. Rocky and coral reefs at depths of 1-30 meters.


The Hawaiian names for this beautiful fish are: La-u ha-u, Ki-ka ka-pu, and Ka-pu hi-li. ***Kahaluu Beach Park is a tiny sheltered cove on the west side of the Big Island right in the town of Kailua Kona. It’s one of only a handful of beaches in Hawaii with such a large tame fish population. Kahaluu Beach is not a marine preserve, yet for having no fishing limitations, it rivals and sometimes surpasses the quantity of fish you’ll see at a dedicated marine sanctuary.

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1 Comment

nexttogone 8 years ago

Cool series!

Spotted on Sep 7, 2008
Submitted on Aug 31, 2012

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