Blotched Hawkfish, Cirrhitichthys aprinus (Cuvier 1829)


Other Names: Red Barred Hawkfish, Threadfin Hawkfish

A Blotched Hawkfish, Cirrhitichthys aprinus, at Clifton Gardens, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales. Source: John Turnbull / Flickr. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

Summary:
A whitish hawkfish with large reddish to brown blotches on sides extending onto dorsal fin, a pale-edged dark spot on upper edge of gill cover, 3-4 dark bars radiating from each eye, and tufts of filaments on the tips of the dorsal-fin spines.

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Cirrhitichthys aprinus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 30 Jan 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/436

Blotched Hawkfish, Cirrhitichthys aprinus (Cuvier 1829)

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Distribution

Recorded in Australia from the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia, to the Timor Sea, E of Margaret Harries Bank, Northern Territory, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to Jervis Bay, and perhaps further south to Merimbula, New South Wales; also Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and Lord Howe Island, Tasman Sea. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific. 
Often seen singly or in small groups perching on corals, sponges, sea tulips and other invertebrates. 

Biology

Possibly a protogynous hermaphrodite (Sadovy & Donaldson 1995). Spawns in the water column. 

Similar Species

Differs from Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus in having a conspicuous ocellated spot on the gill cover, and in lacking spots on the tail.

Species Citation

Cirrhites aprinus Cuvier, 1829, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 3: 76. Type locality: Timor.

Blotched Hawkfish, Cirrhitichthys aprinus (Cuvier 1829)

References


Allen, G.R. 1985. Fishes of Western Australia. Book 9. pp. 2207-2534 526 pls in Burgess, W.E. & Axelrod, H.R. (eds). Pacific Marine Fishes. Neptune, New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications.

Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls.

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Allen, G.R. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 1994. Fishes of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Atoll Research Bulletin 412: 1-21.

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls.

Bleeker, P. 1853. Derde bijdrage tot de kennis der ichthyologische fauna van Amboina. Natuurwetenschappelijk Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch IndiĆ« 4: 91-130. (p. 106, described as Cirrhites graphidopterus)

Cuvier, G.L. & Valenciennes, A. 1829. Histoire Naturelle des Poissons. Paris : Levrault Vol. 3 500 pp., pls 41-71.

Donaldson, T.J. & Colin, P.L. 1989. Pelagic spawning of the hawkfish Oxycirrhites typus (Cirrhitidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 24(4): 295-300. Abstract

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp.

Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp.

Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3)

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Pictorial guide to Indonesian reef fishes. Part 2. Fusiliers - Dragonets, Caesionidae - Callionymidae. Australia : Zoonetics pp. 304-622.

Randall, J.E. 1963. Review of the hawkfishes (family Cirrhitidae). Proceedings of the United States National Museum 114(3472): 389-451.

Randall, J.E. 2001. Cirrhitidae, Cheilodactylidae. pp. 3321-3330 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 5 2791-3379 pp.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Russell, B.C. 1983. Annotated checklist of the coral reef fishes in the Capricorn-Bunker group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Special Publication Series 1: 1-184 figs 1-2

Sadovy, Y. & Donaldson, T.J. 1995. Sexual pattern of Neocirrhites armatus (Cirrhitidae) with notes on other hawkfish species. Environmental Biology of Fishes 42(2): 143-150. Abstract

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37374001

Depth:5-40 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:9 cm TL

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