Animal Species:Freckled Hawkfish, Paracirrhites forsteri (Schneider, 1801)

Freckled Hawkfish occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific.It can be recognised by its colouration, which is pale to yellowish above and has a dark brown to black stripe on the posterior region of the body.

Freckled Hawkfish, Paracirrhites forsteri

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Standard Common Name

Freckled Hawkfish

Alternative Name/s

Blackside Hawkfish, Forster's Hawkfish

Identification

Freckled Hawkfish can be recognised by its colouration. It is pale to yellowish above and has a dark brown to black stripe on the posterior region of the body. The cheeks are grey to white with red spots.

Size range

The species grows to 22 cm in length.

Distribution

Freckled Hawkfish occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is known from the central Western Australian coast to the offshore islands of north-western Western Australia and from northern Queensland to southern New South Wales.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Paracirrhites forsteri

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Freckled Hawkfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Other behaviours and adaptations

Like most other hawfishes, Freckled Hawkfish is usually seen on coral heads, resting on its thickened lower pectoral fin rays. It is a lie-and-wait predator that preys upon fishes and crustaceans.

Classification

Species:
forsteri
Genus:
Paracirrhites
Family:
Cirrhitidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  5. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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