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Dwarf hawkfish

Cirrhitichthys falco

Description:

This hawkfish can reach a maximum length of 7 cm. They are red-pink and white in color, and have tassles on the tip of their dorsal fins. Hawkfish can "switch" gender roles in a matter of weeks. Males can become females, and females can become males in a biological inconsistency. Hawkfish live in harems with a dominant male, but if a male has too many females in his harem, then the subdominant female may break away and begin to produce testosterone and change gender in a effort to challenge the dominant male.

Habitat:

Is a hawkfish of the family Cirrhitidae found across the western Indo-Pacific Oceans.They inhabit tropical reefs and feed on very small fish and benthic invertebrates.

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Dumaguete, Siquijor, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 5, 2012
Submitted on Nov 5, 2012

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