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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia

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    Source: Australian National Fish Collection Images
    Image by: B. Hutchins, Western Australian Museum
    Rights: B. Hutchins, Western Australian Museum


The Blotched Hawkfish has large irregular brownish blotches on the sides of the body sometimes joined to form irregular bars. There is a distinct spot on the operculum behind the eye. There are hairy projections on the tips of the dorsal spines. It is often seen lying motionless on the bottom, propped up on its fin rays.... source: OZ Animals

The Blotched Hawkfish has large, irregular shaped blotches on the sides of the body. There is a distinct spot on the operculum behind the eye and cirri on the tips of the dorsal spines. source: Australian Museum Factsheets

Online resources

Australian Museum Factsheets
Description, Distribution, Morphology
Australian National Fish Collection Images
Authoritative image, Images, Occurrence record
Encyclopedia of Life
Description, Images, Occurrence record, Video Page Url
OZ Animals
Description, Distribution, Morphology, Habitat, Images, Occurrence record
Reef Life Survey Images
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Seafood Services Australia
CAAB Code, Author

Species Lists

Queensland : Conservation Status
taxonId: 32108
Kingdom: animals
Class: ray-finned fishes
Family: Cirrhitidae
scientificNameAuthorship: (Cuvier, 1829)
status: #N/A
sourceStatus: #N/A
QLD_NCA_status_description: #N/A
Endemicity: QAI
Endemicity_description: Naturally occurs in Australia and overseas
QLD Wildlife Data - species profile notes
AcceptedCommonName: blotched hawkfish
KingdomName: Animalia
KingdomCommonName: animals
ClassName: Actinopterygii
ClassCommonName: ray-finned fishes
FamilyName: Cirrhitidae
FamilyCommonName: hawkfishes
FamilyRank: 950750
Description: The blotched hawkfish has large, irregular shaped blotches on the side of the body. There is a distinct spot on the operculum (gill cover) behind the eye and tufts of small, thin appendages (cirri) on the tips of the dorsal spines along the backbone. This species grows to 12 cm in length.
BOTStatusCode: L
Endemicity: N
Distribution: The blotched hawkfish occurs in tropical and some warm temperate marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is recorded from the southern to central coasts of Western Australia and from northern Queensland to southern New South Wales.
Habitat: This species inhabits coral and rocky reefs around sponges. It also occurs in coastal bays and harbours.
Behaviour: This species is often observed motionless on the bottom, propped up on its thickened lower pectoral fins (below the gills). They do this while surveying their surroundings for food. They have excellent eyesight that allows them to spot prey from a long distance. Blotched hawkfish are usually seen sitting on sponges or pylons.
Diet: Hawkfish feed on shrimp, worms and other small prey.
References: Egerton, L. (ed.) (2005). Encyclopedia of Australian Wildlife, (Revised Edition). Readers Digest Pty Ltd, Sydney.
Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. (2006). Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Volume 35.2, p. 1345. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood.
Kuiter, R.H. (1996). Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland Ltd, Sydney.
McGrouther, M. (2005). Find a Fish: Blotched Hawkfish, Cirrhitichthys aprinus (Cuvier, 1829). Australian Museum, Sydney, accessed 16/10/2008, [].
Author: (2008-11-09 00:00:00)

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Cirrhitichthys aprinus

Common Names

Common name Source
Blotched Hawkfish
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Red Barred Hawkfish
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Threadfin Hawkfish
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Boar Hawkfish
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Spotted Hawkfish
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Working classification

Cirrhitichthys aprinus  Recorded in Australia

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