Paracirrhites forsteri

Freckled hawkfishSzeplős korallőr (22 cm)
Variably reddish-brown to olive above, in adults usually becoming black posteriorly and pale below. Head with small dark red and black spots. Inhabits clear lagoon and seaward reefs, 1 to 40 m. Common. Perches on small heads of Stylophora, Pocillopora and Acropora corals. –feeds primarly on small fishes, occasionally on shrimps. Easily approached.
Range: Red Sea to S. Oman to Hawaii and Polynesia, north to S. Japan, south to S. Africa and New Caledonia.


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