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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

A Forster's hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri) perches on a set of hard corals on a coral reef head. This dual color phase is probably the least commonly seen of all the variable phases this fish displays, however the 'freckles' on the head and face are always present and distinctive.
This hawkfish goes by several common names including the Spotted Hawkfish, the Freckled Hawkfish and the Blackside Hawkfish.
Image taken on the South Mantis dive site which is part of the Northern Great Deatched Reef system in far north Queensland in Australia.
Detached Reef's in the area are named as they are near - but not directly attached to the Great Barrier Reef system.

· Date: Sat February 4, 2006 · Reference ID: /22005-11-28-15-08-43 · Views: 3821 ·
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