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Black triggerfish

Melichthys niger


A lovely school of triggerfish, also known as Humuhumu'ele'ele (Hawaiian) or black durgon. It appears black when underwater but is actually blue or purple with a pink undertone and teal accents.


Maalaea Bay, in the Pacific Ocean off the western coast of Maui.


Some have a prominent turquoise stripe on the dorsal fin or the tail.

1 Species ID Suggestions

SargonR 8 years ago
Black Triggerfish
Melichthys niger Black Triggerfish, Melichthys niger

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

Your ID is right on the money, from what I can tell. Thanks again, SargonR.

SargonR 8 years ago

Hard to tell, but based on the black body and white lines where the fins meet the body I would guess Black Triggerfish.

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Lahaina, Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Jan 5, 2014
Submitted on Mar 12, 2014

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