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48. Sunrise Wrasse / hinalea

Scientific name: Bodianus sanguineus

Hawaiian Name: hinalea

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

Origin: Native.

Status: Uncommon.

Distribution: All islands.

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Also known as the neon wrasse, this colorful fish is relatively rare, but occurs throughout the islands at depths between 100 and 500 feet. It can reach a maximum length of about 7 inches and is known to feed on hermit crabs, sea urchins, and brittle stars.

   Photo by Richard Pyle ©HBS