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Scalloped hammerhead

Scalloped hammerhead

Blacktip reef shark

Blacktip reef shark

Whitespotted wedgefish

Whitespotted wedgefish

Ocellated eagle ray

Ocellated eagle ray

Flapnose ray

Flapnose ray

Whitetail stingray

Whitetail stingray

Round ribbontail ray

Round ribbontail ray

Leopard whipray

Leopard whipray

Whitespotted surgeonfish

Whitespotted surgeonfish

Giant grouper

Giant grouper

Atlantic Goliath Grouper

Atlantic Goliath Grouper

Bowmouth guitarfish

Bowmouth guitarfish

Giant moray

Giant moray

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Zebra shark

Zebra shark

Spotted wobbegong

Spotted wobbegong

Brownbanded bambooshark

Brownbanded bambooshark

Epaulette shark

Epaulette shark

Longspined porcupinefish

Longspined porcupinefish

Golden trevally

Golden trevally

Blackside hawkfish

Blackside hawkfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Sunburst butterflyfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Eyestripe surgeonfish

Green moray

Green moray

Common blue-strips snapper

Common blue-strips snapper

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Redbelly yellowtail fusilier

Raccoon butterflyfish

Raccoon butterflyfish

Emperor red snapper

Emperor red snapper

Orbicular batfish

Orbicular batfish

Bignose unicornfish

Bignose unicornfish

Humphead wrasse

Humphead wrasse

Yellowbar angelfish

Yellowbar angelfish

King angelfish

King angelfish

Bluespine unicornfish

Bluespine unicornfish

Snubnose pompano

Snubnose pompano

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Bluestreak cleaner wrasse

Dark-banded fusilier

Dark-banded fusilier

Potato grouper

Potato grouper

Great barracuda

Great barracuda

Indo-pacific tarpon

Indo-pacific tarpon

Blackside hawkfish

Blackside hawkfish

Facts

LatinParacirrhites forsteri
Size22 cm
FoodSmall fishes and crustaceans
HabitatCoral reefs
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationIndo-Pacific
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Covered with ‘eyes’

When predators hunt they go for the eyes of their prey, but the hawkfish has eye-like dots all over its head. That means the hawkish is protected, because its enemies cannot distinguish between its head and its tail

Ambush

The blackside hawkfish spends much of its life lying completely still. It lies in wait for prey to come near. When the prey approaches, the hawkfish strikes at lightning speed and eats its prey in a single mouthful.


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