Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    typus
    Genus
    Oxycirrhites
    Family
    Cirrhitidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 13 cm in length.

Introduction

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.

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.

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.

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

Ozcam map of Longnose Hawkfish specimens in the Australian Museum. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=Oxycirrhites%20typus&zoom=off#mapView

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.