Marbled Hawkfish (Cirrhitus pinnulatus)

Also known as Hard-headed Hawkfish, Spotted Hawkfish, Stocky Hawkfish, White-spotted Hawkfish

Description

Also known as Hard-headed Hawkfish, Spotted Hawkfish, Stocky Hawkfish, White-spotted Hawkfish.

Found singly perched on corals and rocks over shallow, exposed shorelines of rocky reefs.
They feed on crustaceans, small fish, brittle stars and sea urchins.
Length - 28cm
Depth - 0-20m
Widespread Indo-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: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/5831

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