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Butterflyfishes


Big Longnose Butterflyfish

Forcipiger longirostris

   
(1: Reef's End, Molokini / 2-3: Pipe Dreams, Kona / 4: Golden Arches, Kona)

It's bigger than the common longnose butterflyfish, but less common.  Also, it has black spots behind its pectoral fins, while the common longnose butterflyfish has a plain yellow side.

Some big longnose butterflyfish are black all over.
 
(1: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 2: Pentagon, Kona)


Blacklip Butterflyfish

Chaetodon kleinii

       

(1: Enenue, Molokini / 2-3,8: Kua Bay, Kona / 4-5: Pinnacles, Oahu / 6: Reef's End, Molokini / 7: Cliffhanger, Kauai)

They get darker at night:
(1: Lighthouse, Lanai)


Bluestripe Butterflyfish

Chaetodon fremblii

       
(1,7: Harbor Ledges, Kauai / 2: Tortugas, Kauai / 3: Secret Wreck, Oahu / 4: Koko Craters, Oahu / 5-6: Mala Pier, Maui)


Common Longnose Butterflyfish

(aka Forcepsfish)
Forcipiger flavissimus

       
(1: Kaloko Arches, Kona / 2: Three Fingers, Kauai / 3: Brennecke's Ledge, Kauai / 4: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 5: Mala Pier, Maui / 6: Harbor Ledges, Kauai / 7: The Dome, Kona / 8: Kua Bay, Kona)


Fourspot Butterflyfish

Chaetodon quadrimaculatus

       
(1: Second Cathedral, Lanai / 2: Ice Box, Kauai / 3: Coral Galleries, Kauai / 4-6: Olowalu, Maui / 7: Harbor Ledges, Kauai / 8: Dog Beach, Kona)


Lined Butterflyfish

Chaetodon lineolatus

  
(1-3: Kahalu'u Beach Park, Kona)


Milletseed Butterflyfish

(aka Lemon Butterflyfish)
Chaetodon miliaris


       
(1,6: Mala Pier, Maui / 2: Ice Box, Kauai / 3-4: Mario World, Oahu / 5: Koko Craters, Oahu / 7: Vertical Awareness, Lehua / 8: Lip Service, Kauai)

Schools of milletseed butterflyfish will follow divers around.  They're hoping the divers will chase away the sergeantfish and soldierfish, so the butterflyfish can snack on those fishes' eggs:

(1: St. Anthony Wreck, Maui)


Multiband Butterflyfish

(aka Pebbled Butterflyfish)
Chaetodon multicinctus

       
(1: Shark Pit, Maui / 2: Pentagon, Kona / 3: Pipe Dreams, Kona / 4: Golden Arches, Kona / 5: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 6-7: Horseshoe Reef, Oahu / 8: Turtle Canyons, Oahu)


Ornate Butterflyfish

Chaetodon ornatissimus

       
(1: Menpachi Caves, Lanai / 2: Mala Pier, Maui / 3Shark Fin, Lanai / 4: Pawai, Kona / 5: Kaloko Arches, Kona / 6: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 7: Horseshoe Reef, Oahu / 78: Olowalu, Maui)

Note the darker coloration of the stripes at night, in the 3rd - 5th pictures.


Oval Butterflyfish

Chaetodon lunulatus

     
(1: Reef's End, Molokini / 2: Two Step, Kona / 3-4: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 5: Olowalu, Maui / 6: Mala Pier, Maui)


Pennant Butterflyfish

Heniochus diphreutes

       
(1: Reef's End, Molokini / 2: Kua Bay, Kona / 3: Ice Box, Kauai / 4: Sea Tiger, Oahu / 5: Second Cathedral, Lanai / 6-7: Vertical Awareness, Lehua / 8: Lip Service, Kauai)


Pyramid Butterflyfish

Hemitaurichthys polylepsis

       
(1-3: Sea Tiger, Oahu / 4: Fish Rain, Molokai / 5: End of the World, Molokini / 6: Verttical Awareness, Lehua / 7: Pyramid Point, Lehua, 8: Paradise Pinnacle, Kona)


Raccoon Butterflyfish

Chaetodon lunula

       
(1: First Cathedral, Lanai / 2: Menpachi Caves, Lanai / 3: First Cathedral, Lanai / 4: Golden Arches, Kona / 5: Reef's End, Molokini / 6: Vertical Awareness, Lehua / 7: Sheraton, Kona / 8: Turtle Heaven, Kona)


Reticulated Butterflyfish

Chaetodon reticulatus

       
(1: Kaloko Arches, Kona / 2-3: Two Step, Kona / 4: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 5-6: Olowalu, Maui / 7: Reef's End, Molokini)


Saddleback Butterflyfish

Chaetodon ephippium

    
(1: Kahalu'u Beach Park, Kona / 2: Hoover's, Kona / 3-4: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 5: Turtle Canyons, Oahu)


Teardrop Butterflyfish

Chaetodon unimaculatus

       
(1-3: Pentagon, Kona / 4-5: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 6-7: Horseshoe Reef, Oahu / 8: Olowalu, Maui)

At night, they look different:
(1: Mile Marker 4, Kona)


Threadfin Butterflyfish

Chaetodon auriga

       
(1-2: Reef's End, Molokini / 3: Kahalu'u Beach Park, Kona / 4: End of the World, Molokini / 5: No Name, Lanai / 6: Harbor Ledges, Kauai / 7-8: Dog Beach, Kona)


Tinker's Butterflyfish

Chaetodon tinkeri

 
(1-2: Pinnacles, Oahu)