Twinspot Hawkfish, Amblycirrhitus bimacula (Jenkins 1903)

Other Names: Twospot Hawkfish

A Twinspot Hawkfish, Amblycirrhitus bimacula, in Sodwana Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Source: Dennis Polack / FishWise Professional. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

A secretive and rarely seen hawkfish with wavy reddish-brown bars on the sides, a large pale edged black spot on the gill cover, and another at the rear of the dorsal-fin base.

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Twinspot Hawkfish, Amblycirrhitus bimacula (Jenkins 1903)

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Ningaloo Reef to Rosily Island, WA, and the northern Great Barrier Reef to Moreton Bay, QLD; also Boot Reef and Osprey Reef, Coral Sea, and Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.
A secretive species that usually shelters in crevices and amongst coral, often on seaward reefs exposed to moderate surge or currents.

Species Citation

Cirrhitoidea bimacula Jenkins 1903, Bull. U. S. Fish Comm. 22: 459. Type locality: Honolulu.

Twinspot Hawkfish, Amblycirrhitus bimacula (Jenkins 1903)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37374002

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:2-20 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:8.5 cm TL

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