Humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa

Rhinecanthus rectangulus

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Basic Information

Other names

Reef Triggerfish

Order

Tetraodontiformes

Family

Balistidae

Size

Humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa are generally up to 12 inches in length.

Weight

humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa (Rhinecanthus rectangulus) facts, description, habitat, range, pictures and fishing tips to help you catch and identify the fish.

Range

Hawaii

What does the Humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa look like?

Reef Triggerfish can rapidly change their coloration. They also can lock their spine and wedge themselves into a crevice to avoid predation, making them hard to remove.

How to catch Humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa

Costal waters in Hawaii are your best shot.

Humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa Facts

The humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa is the state fish of Hawaii and means "fish that grunts like a pig" in the native hawaiian language. It aquired the name for the sound it makes when cornered or caught. The fish is fairly aggressive and will not tolerate other species near it.

Humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa Distribution



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