longnose hawkfish [127K]

Balanced on the end of a large sea fan, this Longnose hawkfish seems to glow from within under the bright light of my strobe. Hawkfish seem to prefer lookout positions on black corals or other gorgonians. The passing current brings meals of small crustaceans, or if not perched in the current they may feed off the bottom. This one is about two inches (5 cm) in length. The tiny filaments at the end of their dorsal spines are a common feature of many of the nearly 35 species of hawkfishes.

Identification: Oxycirrhites typus

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