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Snappers and Emperors

Monotaxis grandoculis

       
(1: Garbonzo's Lair, Molokini / 2: Golden Arches, Kona / 3: The Dome, Kona / 4-5: Hoover's, Kona / 6: Sheraton Caverns, Kauai / 7: Ice Box, Kauai / 8: Dog Beach, Kona)

Juveniles look considerably different:

       
(1-2: Kua Bay, Kona / 3: Golden Arches, Kona / 4: Moku'ho'oniki Rock, Molokai / 5; Coral Galleries, Kauai / 6: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 7: Koko Craters, Oahu / 8: Pyramid Point, Lehua)


Blacktail Snapper

Lutjanus fulvus

     
(1: Enenue, Molokini / 2: Menpachi Caves, Lanai / 3: Second Cathedral, Lanai / 4: Three Fingers, Kauai / 5: Coral Galleries, Kauai / 6: Happy Talk, Kauai)

Second picture shows a blacktail snapper in a school of bluestripe snappers.


Bluestripe Snapper

Lutjanus kasmira

       
(1: Enenue, Molokini / 2,6: Second Cathedral, Lanai / 3,8: Sheraton Caverns, Kauai / 4: Ice Box, Kauai / 5: Corsair, Oahu / 7: Cliffhanger, Kauai)


Forktail Snapper

Aphareus furca

       
(1-2: Hoover's, Kona / 3-5: Garden Eel Cove, Kona / 6: Sheraton Caverns, Kauai / 7: Dog Beach, Kona / 8: The Dome, Kona)