Stocky Hawkfish

Cirrhitus pinnulatus

Like other hawkfish, stocky hawkfish are voracious predators, siting motionless on cauliflower and other corals, blending in waiting for prey to approach. They are territorial and each one seems to have it’s own favorite spot on a coral head, returning there later if it swims off. They are larger and thicker than other types of hawkfish in Hawaii and have beautiful and distinct patterning.

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