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.
Standard Common Name
Blackside Hawkfish, Forster's Hawkfish
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.
The species grows to 22 cm in length.
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.
Distribution by collection data
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.
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- 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.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
- 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 , Senior Fellow