Spotted Hawkfish Inside A Sponge

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A spotted hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys aprinus) inside a barrel sponge off the coast of Pemba Island. As its name suggests, the spotted hawkfish is a predatory fish that  gets its name from its habit of sitting on raised spots on the reef and pouncing down on smaller fish, crustaceans and pretty much anything else that moves. They have well developed pectoral fins which are impervious to stings, sometimes they use these to prop themselves up on stinging corals providing them with protection against larger predatory fish.

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