Kuhlia nutabunda Kendall & Radcliffe, 1912
Rapanui flagtail
Kuhlia nutabunda
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Kuhliidae (Aholeholes)
Max. size:  24.2 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine
Distribution:  Southeast Pacific: endemic to Easter Island.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 10-11. Preorbital serrae 11-14 (obsolete in large specimens); body depth 2.7-3.1 in SL; dorsal profile of head of adults slightly to moderately concave; eye very large, orbit diameter2.55-2.95 in head length; second anal fin spine 73-87% length of third spine; caudal concavity 1.7-2.2 in head length. Silvery, fins dusky, caudal fin with narrow blackish posterior margin. Black margin of caudal fin more evident on juveniles than adults, and upper and lower margins of the fin may be black as well (Ref. 41640).
Biology:  Collected from along an exposed rocky shore, in large tide pools, and over sand near rocky shores (Ref. 41640). Often found in aggregations (Ref. 41640).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 03.03.00
Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 29.07.03

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