Marine 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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    Arc Eyed Hawkfish (Paracirrhites arcatus)

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

    The Arc-Eye Hawkfish likes to sit on the bottom, perching itself on top of a coral head where it waits for unsuspecting prey. When threatened it will go down inside the coral head for protection. Usually anything it can fit into its mouth, it will eat, and therefore is best kept with other fish in size that are bigger than its mouth. Don't be fooled, this little fish can open its mouth much wider than you may think! For more information, see the Arc-Eye Hawkfish Profile.

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    Flame Hawkfish (Neocirrhitus armatus)

    Flame Hawkfish (Neocirrhitus armatus)
    Flame Hawkfish (Neocirrhitus armatus). C. Durgin (Pardsie)

    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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    Longnosed Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus)

    Longnosed Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus)
    Longnosed Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus). Ken Tam

    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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    Falco Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys falco)

    Falco Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys falco)
    Falco Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys falco). R. Tebben

    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.

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

     

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    Flame Hawkfish

    Flame Hawkfish
    Flame Hawkfish. Bob Mills

    The Flame Hawk's vibrant red color, personable nature, and small size makes it a highly sought after specimen by aquarists. However, like most Hawkfishes, it is predatory bottom-dweller. It likes to sit on top of rocks or corals to keep watch, ready to pounce on any unsuspecting prey that swims too close.

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    Arceye Hawkfish (Paracirrhites arcatus)

    Arceye Hawkfish (Paracirrhites arcatus)
    Arceye Hawkfish (Paracirrhites arcatus). Keoki Stender

    Keoki Stender's picture of an Arceye Hawkfish (Paracirrhites arcatus), taken off Waikiki, Oahu. The Arceye Hawkfish is very common perched upon coral heads at scuba depths. The coloration is variable but the ring behind eye is always present. It is found in Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific area.

     

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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 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 dropoffs. It attains a length of 5 inches and can be found in India, China, Japan, and Sulawesi.

     

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    Half-Spotted 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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    Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus)

    Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus)
    Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus). Keoki Stender

    The Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus) is an uncommon deep water species typically found with gorgonians and black coral. Ut attains a length of up to 5 inches and can be found in the Indo-Pacific, Hawaii, and Tropical Eastern Pacific.

    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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    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.