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Goatfishes

Parupeneus cyclostomus

     
(1: Enenue, Molokini / 2: The Dome, Kona / 3: Hoover's, Kona / 4: Horseshoe Reef, Oahu / 5: End of the World, Molokini / 6: Skull Cave, Kona)

Blue goatfish often hang out with bluefin trevally, as in the 3rd picture.


Island Goatfish

Parupeneus insularis

       
(1: Moku'ho'oniki Rock, Molokai / 2: Pipe Dream, Kona / 3: Three Fingers, Kauai / 4: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / End of the World, Molokini / 6: Sheraton Caverns, Kauai / 7: Kahalu;u Beach Park, Kona / 8: Dog Beach, Kona)

These are juveniles, with blue-lined fins:
 
(1-2: The Dome, Kona)


Manybar Goatfish

Parupeneus multifasciatus

      
(1: Shark Fin, Lanai / 2: Golden Arches, Kona / 3: Kaloko Arches, Kona / 4-5: Hoover's, Kona / 6: Kanaka Nui, Kauai / 7: Mala Pier, Maui)

Manybar goatfish have widely varied coloration.

They sometimes follow a whitemouth moray eel around to feed on small animals flushed out by the eel:

(1: Menpachi Caves, Lanai)

These are juveniles, only a few inches long:

 
(1: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 2: Horseshoe Reef, Oahu)


Sidespot Goatfish

Parupeneus pleruostigma

       
(1: Menpachi Caves, Lanai / 2: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 3: Tortugas, Kauai / 4: Horseshoe Reef, Oahu / 5: Mario World, Oahu / 6-8: Koko Craters, Oahu)


Square-Spot Goatfish

Mulloidichthys flavolineatus
(aka Yellowstripe Goatfish)

       
(1,7: Mala Pier, Maui / 2: Kamaole Beach Park III, Maui / 3: Kahalu'u Beach Park, Kona / 4: Two Step, Kona / 5: Ice Box, Kauai / 6: Hoover's, Kona / 8: Kua Bay, Kona)

At night, they turn darker, and they fluoresce under UV light:
 
(1-2: Kahalu'u Beach Park, Kona)

Juveniles don't have the distinct spot or stripe.
(Kealia Beach, Maui)


Whitesaddle Goatfish

Parupeneus porphyreus

   
(1: Shark Pit, Maui / 2: First Cathedral, Lanai / 3: Black Rock, Maui / 4: Three Fingers, Kauai)


Yellowfin Goatfish

Mulloidichthys vanicolensis

       
(1-3,5-6: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 4: Sheraton, Kona / 7: Vertical Awareness, Lehua / 8: Dog Beach, Kona)

Sometimes they'll hang out in a group on the bottom:
(1: Garden Eel Cove, Kona)

At night, they can be blotchy:
(1: Mile Marker 4, Kona)