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Postby Trace » Sun May 23, 2010 7:28 pm

Sorthing through some shots from Maui I came across this little guy that I had forgotten about. I can't seem to find it in my ID books and could use some help.
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Postby nwscubamom » Mon May 24, 2010 7:33 am

Wow, Tracy, that IS a doozy! I have three Hawai'i ID books and this little guy didn't appear in any of mine either. (Hoover, Randall, Mahaney).

The good news is that I have a number of expert friends who probably CAN ID this fella for you. So hold on and I'll send out some emails to them and hopefully we'll track this mystery fish down.

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Postby Trace » Mon May 24, 2010 4:59 pm

Hey Janna,
I've got the same books, I'm thinking juvenile, but you never know!
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Postby nwscubamom » Mon May 24, 2010 5:14 pm

I agree with you. Juvie of some sort.

Any more information? How big? Night or day dive? Behavior?

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Postby Trace » Mon May 24, 2010 7:35 pm

Day time, about 2 inches, very shy!
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Postby scottg » Tue May 25, 2010 7:17 am

he's a nicely colored one. Janna, I'm looking forward to seeing what you turn up!

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Postby nwscubamom » Tue May 25, 2010 2:18 pm

And we have an answer for you, Tracy!!!

John Hoover himself, author of Hawai'i's Fishes, says it's a "nice photo of a juvenile Calotomus carolinus - Star-eye Parrotfish. They can be quite variable in color."

Congrats on a great shot!

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Postby Trace » Tue May 25, 2010 6:22 pm

Thanks Janna,
The youngster is much more colorful than the adult that is in the book!
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