Geometric Hawkfish (Plectranthias inermis)

Also known as Chequered Hawkfish, Chequered Perchlet, Geometric Flame Basslet, Geometric Flame Hawkfish, Geometric Pygmy Hawkfish, Highfin Hawkfish, Highfin Perchlet, Red-blotched Hawkfish, Red-blotched Perchlet

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Also known as Chequered Hawkfish, Chequered Perchlet, Geometric Flame Basslet, Geometric Flame Hawkfish, Geometric Pygmy Hawkfish, Highfin Hawkfish, Highfin Perchlet, Red-blotched Hawkfish, Red-blotched Perchlet.

Found singly in crevices or perched on corals, rocks and rubble at the base of steep slopes along inner reef drop-offs and deep coastal reefs.
They feed on crustaceans and small fish.
Length - 4.5cm
Depth - 10-65m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Hawkfish can be found perched as if 'standing on their fins' in the branches or on top of corals and rocks waiting for their prey. If approached by predators they quickly dart away to hide. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/26735

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