Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    oxycephalus
    Genus
    Cirrhitichthys
    Family
    Cirrhitidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    8.5 cm

Introduction

The Spotted Hawkfish is a small cirrhitid fish that occurs widely throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific.

Distribution

It occurs widely throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is known from tropical waters of Western Australia and from northern Queensland to the central coast of 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.

Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus

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

References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.