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Lyretail Hawkfish

Cyprinocirrhites polyactis

Description:

Also known as Swallowtail Hawkfish, Red Hawkfish, Soaring Hawkfish and Many-rayed Handfish. They feed on plankton, small fish and invertebrates. They vary in color.

Habitat:

Found singly or in small groups over clear water slopes and coral heads, unlike other hawkfish these are often found hovering mid-water above the reef feeding on plankton. Widespread in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.

Notes:

I took these photos at a depth of about 50 feet, during a day dive at Dayang Beach, Talikud Island.

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