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1. Tinker's Butterfly Fish

Scientific name: Chaetodon tinkeri

Classification: Phylum: Chordata. Class: Pisces. Family: Chaetodontidae

Status: Relatively rare

Distribution: All main islands

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This fish can be found at depths of 150 feet or more, but is rare at sport-diving depths of 100 feet or less and, as such, is a valuable find.

Once thought to be endemic to Hawai`i, slight variations of it have been found in the Marshall Islands and the Cook Islands.

   Photo by Richard Pyle