Hawkfish Photo Gallery

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    Freckled (Forster's) Hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri)

    Forster's (Freckled) Hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri)
    Forster's (Freckled) Hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri). Charles Raabe

     

    The Freckled Hawkfish is a predatory bottom-dweller. It likes to perch on top of rocks or coral heads, just waiting for unsuspecting prey to swim by. When threatened it will dash under the rock or go down inside the coral head it is sitting on for protection. This species of Hawkfish lives a solitary life and can be aggressive towards most other fish, especially those of its own species.

    Thinking about adding a Hawkfish to your tank? See the Saltwater Aquarium Fish Compatibility Chart first.

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    Flame Hawk (Neocirrhites armatus)

    Flame Hawk (Neocirrhites armatus)
    Flame Hawk (Neocirrhites armatus). Darryl Craig

     The Flame Hawk gets along fairly well with other fishes, but may act aggressively towards other bottom-dwelling species. In a small aquarium this may present a problem, so either avoid other bottom-dwellers, or provide this fish with plenty of room and hiding places to ease territorial conflicts. See the Flame Hawkfish Profile for more information.

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    Red Hawkfish (Neocirrhitus armatus)

    Arc Eyed Hawkfish (Paracirrhites arcatus)
    Arc Eyed Hawkfish (Paracirrhites arcatus). Gary Harmon

    The Flame, or Red Hawkfish (Neocirrhitus armatus) is a great little fish for most saltwater reef tanks. It spends most of its time just waiting for its next meal to swim, crawl or walk by as it sits perched on a coral head or rock outcropping.

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    Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus)

    Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus)
    Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus). R. Tebben

     While the Longnose Hawkfish is a great mini aquarium candidate, it will occasionally eat ornamental shrimps and may attack other fish with elongated bodies like Firefish and Dart Gobies. It will also eat just about any other fish that will fit in its mouth.

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    Dwarf (Falco) Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys falco)

    Dwarf (Falco) Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys falco)
    Dwarf (Falco) Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys falco). Keoki Stender

    The Dwarf (Falco) Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys falco) is common in the base of coral heads at scuba depths. It's cheek has two red bars and attains a length of 3 inches or less. It can be found in the Maldives to Japan and Samoa.

    The Falco's Hawkfish is a great choice for beginners. It should not be kept with smaller, less aggressive fish. It will spend most of its time sitting on the substrate, rather than on the rock and decorations in a tank.

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    Freckled or Forster's Hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri)

    Freckled Hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri)
    Freckled Hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri). Keoki Stender

    The Freckled, Blackside or Forster's Hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri) is common on large coral heads in shallow water. It has numerous dark freckles on head. The juveniles are striped with yellow-green, or red-brown over white. Species outside Hawaii have a dark color phase with yellow peduncle. It attains a length of up to 9 inches. It can be found in Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific.

    The Freckled Hawkfish is a predatory bottom-dweller. It likes to perch on top of rocks or coral heads, just waiting...MORE for unsuspecting prey to swim by. When threatened it will dash under the rock or go down inside the coral head it is sitting on for protection.

     

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    Golden Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys aureus)

    Golden Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys aureus)
    Golden Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys aureus). Keoki Stender

     The Golden Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys aureus) is uncommon at scuba depths on drop offs. It attains a length of 5 inches and can be found in India, China, Japan, and Sulawesi.

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    Half-Spot Hawkfish (Paracirrhites hemistictus)

    Half-Spot Hawkfish (Paracirrhites hemistictus)
    Half-Spot Hawkfish (Paracirrhites hemistictus). Keoki Stender

    The Half-Spotted Hawkfish (Paracirrhites hemistictus) is an uncommon species along reef drop-offs. Two color morphs are seen but always have large black spots on rear half. It attains a length of up to inches and can be found in the eastern Indian Ocean & Tropical Pacific.

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    Juvenile Freckled Hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri)

    Juvenile Freckled Hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri)
    Juvenile Freckled Hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri). Keoki Stender

    The Freckled Hawkfish is a predatory bottom-dweller. It likes to perch on top of rocks or coral heads, just waiting for unsuspecting prey to swim by. When threatened it will dash under the rock or go down inside the coral head it is sitting on for protection.

     

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    Blood Red or Redbarred Hawkfish (Cirrhitops fasciatus)

    Redbarred Hawkfish (Cirrhitops fasciatus)
    Redbarred Hawkfish (Cirrhitops fasciatus). Keoki Stender

    The Blood Red or Redbarred Hawkfish (Cirrhitops fasciatus) is common on reefs at scuba depths. It varies from bright red to greenish brown. It has a small angular spot on the gill covers and a diffuse blotch may be present on caudal peduncle. It attains a length of up to 5 inches and is restricted to Hawaii, Mauritius, and Madagascar.

     

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    Redspotted or Pixy Spotted Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus)

    Redspotted Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus)
    Redspotted Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus). Keoki Stender

    The Redspotted or Pixy Spotted Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus) is uncommonly found in the base of coral heads at scuba depths. Its cheek has several spots and it attains a length of up to 3.5 inches. It id found in the Indo-Pacific & Tropical Eastern Pacific.

     

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    Stocky Hawkfish (Cirrhitus pinnulatus)

    Stocky Hawkfish (Cirrhitus pinnulatus)
    Stocky Hawkfish (Cirrhitus pinnulatus). Keoki Stender

    The Stocky Hawkfish (Cirrhitus pinnulatus) common on shallow reefs exposed to surge. It attains a length of up to 11 inches and is the only Hawaiian Hawkfish regularly captured for human consumption. It can be found in Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific.

     

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    Twospot Hawkfish (Amblycirrhitus bimacula)

    Twospot Hawkfish (Amblycirrhitus bimacula)
    Twospot Hawkfish (Amblycirrhitus bimacula). Keoki Stender

    The Twospot Hawkfish (Amblycirrhitus bimacula) is a cryptic species usually hidden within small crevices or branching coral. It is a pale red-brown with black oval spot below the soft dorsal fin and on the gill cover. It is less than 3 inches in length and can be found in Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific.