Common Name: Hawkfish Cirrhitichthys
The identified species include:
- Cirrhitichthys aprinus (G. Cuvier, 1829) (spotted hawkfish)
- Cirrhitichthys aureus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1842) (yellow hawkfish)
- Cirrhitichthys bleekeri F. Day, 1874
- Cirrhitichthys calliurus Regan, 1905 (spottedtail hawkfish)
- Cirrhitichthys falco J. E. Randall, 1963 (dwarf hawkfish)
- Cirrhitichthys guichenoti (Sauvage, 1880)
- Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus (Bleeker, 1855) (coral hawkfish)
- Cirrhitichthys randalli Kotthaus, 1976
Scientific name Cirrhitichthys genus
Discoverer and date: Bleeker 1857 could be Cuvier 1829
Where found: Cirrhitichthys hawkfishes are mainly found in the Indo-West Pacific. One species, the coral hawkfish C. oxycephalus has a range extending into the eastern Pacific.
Description: Cirrhitichthys hawkfishes are predators. They perch and wait for prey to come within striking distance and ambush mostly bottom dwelling prey which are invertebrates and fish. They are pelagic spawners.