Animal Species:Longnose Hawkfish, Oxycirrhites typus Bleeker, 1857

The Longnose Hawkfish is white with a "grid pattern" of horizontal and near-vertical red lines. It occurs throughout the Indo-Pacific and Eastern Pacific.

Longnose Hawkfish at 'Captains Table'

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Longnose Hawkfish

Identification

The Longnose Hawkfish has a very long snout and a tuft of cirri near the tip of each dorsal fin spine. It is white with a "grid pattern" of horizontal and near-vertical red lines.

Size range

The species grows to 13 cm in length.

Distribution

It occurs throughout the Indo-Pacific and Eastern Pacific. In Australia it is recorded from the offshore reefs of north-western Western Australia and from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

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.

Oxycirrhites typus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Longnose Hawkfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

This species lives in tropical marine waters usually below 30 m in depth. It is often observed perched on gorgonians (sea fans) or black coral.

Classification

Species:
typus
Genus:
Oxycirrhites
Family:
Cirrhitidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and south-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  3. 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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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Longnose Hawkfish, Oxycirrhites typus, Cirrhitidae, white, brown, red, long and skinny, 10 cm - 30 cm, blotches/mottled, coral reef, marine, adult, long snout,