A list of the fishes of Hawaii, with notes and descriptions of new species

David Starr Jordan
Eric Knight Jordan

Table of Contents (ToC)

  1. Introduction
  2. Ophicephalus striatus


The senior author of this paper spent most of the month of August, 1921, at Honolulu in attendance upon the Pan-Pacific Educational Conference. While ther, he gave all availbale time to making collections of fishes, having the efficient assistance of Mr. Fordyce Grinnell, Jr., a former student of his, who visited the markets daily. The collections made have been distributed among a number of museums. the Carangidae have been sent to the American Museum of Natural History in New York to be used in a monograph of the group by Mr. John Treadwell Nichols; the types of new species, more or less complete, to the American Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum, the Southwestern Museum at Los Angeles, and to the Universities of Michigan and of Iowa.

In addition to notes on new and rare forms we have given a complete list of the species thus far known from Hawaii, the whole serving as a revision of the two memoirs on the Aquatic Resources of the Hawaiian Islands, published by the United States Fish Commision in 1905, the first by David Starr Jordan and Barton Warren Evermann on the survey of the shore-fishes made in 1901; 1 the other by Charles Henry Gilbert on the deep-sea forms taken by the "Albatros" in 1902. 2

In the memoir by Jordan and Evermann will be found an account of the earlier explorations of the islands, as well as as detailed statement of the character of the fish-fauna and its relation to that of the South Seas.

Descriptions of species, notes and habits, and references to synonymy, where accurately given by Jordan and Evermann or by Gilbert, are in general not repeated in the following paper. The student who is using the present list is preseumed to have the other two lists at hadn, and references to their pages are given throughout this list.

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Introduced species

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Order Labyrinthici, Family Ophicephalidae

Ophicephalus striatus Bloch . (J. & E., p. 533)

Introduced by the Chinese into ponds about Honolulu; and now said to be common. 3



1 Bull. U.S. Fish Comm., 1903 (1905), Vol. XXIII, Pt. I, pp. 1-574. Back

2 Ibidem, Pt. II, pp. 575-713. Back

3 In fact, it is not C. striata but Channa maculata See Identity of introduced Snakeheads (Pisces, Channidae) in Hawai'i and Madagascar, with comments on ecological concerns . Back

Acknowledgement and Source(s)

This text was originally published under the above title in: Memoirs of the Carnegie Museum . Vol. 10., no.1, pp. 1 - 91, in the year 1922.

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