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Scientific name: Chaetodon fremblii
Hawaiian Name: kikakapu
Classification: Phylum: Chordata. Class: Pisces. Family: Chaetodontidae
Distribution: Reefs throughout the islands down to 600 feet (ca. 180 meters).
Found only in Hawai‘i, this friendly fish is one of the more common of our reef fishes. It fits through the reefs like a butterfly, thus its name. These fish feed on a number of different kinds of marine invertebrates including tube worm tenacles, coral polyps, and small crustaceans.
|Photo by John E. Randall ©HBS|