Photo of the Day 1 April 2008

Longnose Hawkfish, Namena Island, Fiji, 2004
Photograph by Tim Laman
Longnose hawkfish, like this brightly patterned creature resting in a bed of soft coral off Fiji Island's Namena Island, are tropical marine fish known for their needle-like snouts and striking red-and-white scales. The fish's common name originates from its hawklike habit of perching on the high ground of reefs, where it surveys its surroundings for predator or prey.