Fresh Water Animals
of
Hawaii's Watersheds

Native Gobie -Gobiidae - O'opu :



Sicyopterus stimpsoni

O'opu nopili

Titcomb (1972) reports: "It can climb a vertical stone jar or wall
by moving slightly it suction disc, first on one side then the other...
The Nopili was greatly relished as food and also a favorite food with
the priests. As the Nopili clings so will luck."

It often has a distinct black line running from the mouth to the tail.
The very high first dorsal fin is the best positive identifying characteristic.
This is a small (up to 7 inches; 18 cm), endemic herbivorous fish, found
in all areas of the stream, but more abundant in the middle and higher reaches.



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Last update, July, 1997 (Capers)