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Family Cirrhitidae

Hawkfishes

Hawkfishes are commonly seen perched upon the reef or live corals as they wait for small fish or invertebrates to swim within range of striking distance.  Unlike many other ambush predators  hawkfishes are quite active, moving about frequently.  They use broad pectoral fins as props and the dorsal fin spines have filamentous tips.

 

HAWAII

Amblycirrhitus bimacula

TWOSPOT HAWKFISH

 

Cirrhitops fasciatus

REDBARRED HAWKFISH

 

Cirrhitus pinnulatus

STOCKY HAWKFISH

 

Paracirrhites forsteri

BLACKSIDE HAWKFISH

 

Paracirrhites arcatus

ARCEYE HAWKFISH

 

Oxycirrhites typus

LONGNOSE HAWKFISH

 


INDO-PACIFIC

Cirrhitichthys falco

DWARF HAWKFISH

 

Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus

REDSPOTTED HAWKFISH

 

Paracirrhites hemistictus

HALFSPOTTED HAWKFISH

 


JAPAN

Cirrhitichthys aureus

GOLDEN HAWKFISH

 


TROPICAL WESTERN ATLANTIC

Amblycirrhitus pinos

REDSPOTTED HAWKFISH