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Blue Goatfish

Parupeneus cyclostomus


Small foraging parties are occasionally seen at scuba depths as they actively pursue small fish using long barbels to force them out of hiding. This pack is frequently trailed by opportunistic jacks, wrasses, and morays. Gray or reddish-brown with iridescent blue spots and a yellow saddle ahead of the tail. Bright yellow individuals do not occur in Hawaii but are not uncommon elsewhere. Known locally as moana kali and moano kea. Attains 20 inches and 7 pounds. Hawai'i and the Indo-Pacific.


Pacific Ocean. Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Mar 8, 2011
Submitted on Mar 8, 2014

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