A creolefish (Paranthias furcifer)

Erosive processes have carved a honeycomb network in the deeper areas of the banks. These formations are generally covered with colorful coralline algae, crinoids (a type of echinoderm, related to sea stars) and gorgonians (a type of coral). Species such as these creolefish (Paranthias furcifer) take advantage of the protective cover such areas provide.

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