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What

Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 03:06 PM PDT

Description

When we were pulling our kayak up among the rocks, I saw all these yellow patches under the water that I thought were dead leaves. Turned out they were fish.

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What

Crocodile Needlefish Tylosurus crocodilus

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 03:11 PM PDT

Description

These Crocodile Needlefish were hovering at the surface. Way less skittish and a bit more creepy than their smaller cousins the keeltail needlefish.

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What

Black Triggerfish Melichthys niger

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Description

Apparently these feed on plankton and algae, which would explain why they were schooling way above the reef.

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What

Peacock Grouper Cephalopholis argus

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 02:51 PM PDT

Description

These are supposed to be a little greener, so either this was a particularly dark individual or I got the white balance wrong.

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What

Bigeye Emperor Monotaxis grandoculis

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 02:50 PM PDT

Description

Mostly sure about the ID here. It was definitely quietly hovering as described in the book.

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What

Whitemouth Moray Gymnothorax meleagris

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 03:07 PM HST

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What

Lewis' Monkeyflower Mimulus lewisii

Observer

kueda

Date

July 4, 2009 10:44 AM PDT

Description

Thanks to naomi_bot on Flickr for the ID help.

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What

Threadfin Butterflyfish Chaetodon auriga

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 03:06 PM HST

Description

Faceplant!

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What

Clumpy nudibranch Asteronotus cespitosus

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 02:55 PM HST

Description

I was pretty psyched to see a slug while snorkeling, but this was kind of hard to miss. The book says they grow to 5 inches, and this was at least that, if not more. Giant slug.

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What

Broad-leaved Helleborine Epipactis helleborine

Observer

kueda

Date

July 26, 2009 03:02 PM PDT

Description

Not hellebore, not false hellebore, but helleborine. This one's an orchid though, so pretty easy to tell apart the similarly-named lilies.

Also, thanks for the tip, randomtruth! No Piperia of fringecups, but I'd actually never seen this orchid before either (even though it was ubiquitous), so still a win.

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What

Bird Wrasse Gomphosus varius

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 02:43 PM HST

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What

Palenose Parrotfish Scarus psittacus

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 02:41 PM HST

Description

I'd seen parrotfish on previous snorkelings, but I'd never actually heard them eat! Every time they bit into the coral they made a loud *crunch.*

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What

Pinktail Triggerfish Melichthys vidua

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 02:47 PM HST

Description

A beatiful fish. Deserves a better shot.

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What

Ornate Butterflyfish Chaetodon ornatissimus

Observer

kueda

Date

July 17, 2009 02:49 PM HST

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What

 ĽApapane Himatione sanguinea

Observer

kueda

Date

July 16, 2009 02:40 PM HST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

I took about a billion pics of this bird. Damn canopy birds. Damn them.

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What

Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild

Observer

kueda

Date

July 14, 2009 12:25 PM HST

Description

Still haven't ID'd this. Saw it in a bird book in a store, then forgot the name. Later...

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What

Crab Spiders Family Thomisidae

Observer

kueda

Date

July 16, 2009 02:03 PM HST

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What

false staghorn fern Dicranopteris linearis

Observer

kueda

Date

July 16, 2009 02:01 PM HST

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What

Cane Toad Rhinella marina

Observer

kueda

Date

July 15, 2009 07:27 PM HST

Place

Hilo, HI (Google, OSM)

Description

Apparently there's only one toad living on the Hawaiian islands: the cane toad! This thing is sitting in sea water. Hence the name?

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What

Kahili Ginger Hedychium gardnerianum

Observer

kueda

Date

July 16, 2009 02:09 PM HST

Description

One of the gingers. Need to look it up.

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What

flat rock crab Percnon planissimum

Observer

kueda

Date

July 14, 2009

Description

This guy was in a crack about 10 ft down or so. The process: dive down, struggle to get a pic, start suffocating, resurface, repeat. Taking pics while snorkeling is hard.

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What

Stocky Hawkfish Cirrhitus pinnulatus

Observer

kueda

Date

July 14, 2009

Description

Another common one from most areas I've gone diving or snorkeling.

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What

Brown Anole Anolis sagrei

Observer

kueda

Date

July 14, 2009

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What

Gold Dust Day Gecko Phelsuma laticauda

Observer

kueda

Date

July 14, 2009

Description

Well, this one was.

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What

Ashy Sea Cucumber Holothuria cinerascens

Observer

kueda

Date

July 14, 2009

Description

These were pretty common in reef cracks around the shallower areas of the cove.

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What

Reef Triggerfish Rhinecanthus rectangulus

Observer

kueda

Date

July 13, 2009

Description

The state fish.

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What

Red Pencil Urchin Heterocentrotus mamillatus

Observer

kueda

Date

July 13, 2009

Description

Another species I don't seem to be able to photograph properly.

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What

Undulated Moray Gymnothorax undulatus

Observer

kueda

Date

July 13, 2009

Description

This little moray popped out of a hole, swam across the pool, and backed into another hole. Weird.

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What

Hawaiian Monk Seal Monachus schauinslandi

Observer

kueda

Date

July 13, 2009

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Sort of stumbled across this Hawaiian Monk Seal. It's endangered!

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What

Orangespine Unicornfish Naso lituratus

Observer

kueda

Date

July 13, 2009

Description

There are so many fish around Hawaii that it's actually hard for me to focus on them, both mentally and optically.

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