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.
The species grows to 13 cm in length.
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.
Distribution by collection data
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.
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and south-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- 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