Whitespotted Hawkfish, Cirrhitus pinnulatus (Bloch & Schneider 1801)


Other Names: Marbled Hawkfish, Stocky Hawkfish, White Spotted Hawkfish

A Whitespotted Hawkfish, Cirrhitus pinnulatus, at Guam. Source: David Burdick / http://guamreeflife.com. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
A large brown hawkfish with white blotches, irregular reddish-brown spots on the body, wavy rusty-orange lines and spots on the head, and a dark saddle on the upper part of the caudal peduncle.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Cirrhitus pinnulatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 29 Jan 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/438

Whitespotted Hawkfish, Cirrhitus pinnulatus (Bloch & Schneider 1801)

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Distribution

Recorded in Australia from Ningaloo Reef and Scott Reef, WA, Cartier Reef, Timor Sea, and Lizard Island to Escape Reef, Great Barrier Reef, QLD; also Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific. Inhabits the surge zone on exposed reef fronts and rocky shorelines to a depth of 3 metres.

Feeding

Carnivore - feeds mostly on crabs, also on other crustaceans, small fishes, sea urchins and brittle stars.

Species Citation

Labrus pinnulatus Bloch & Schneider 1801, Systema Ichthyologiae: 264. Type locality: Tahiti.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2017

Whitespotted Hawkfish, Cirrhitus pinnulatus (Bloch & Schneider 1801)

References


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

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp.

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

Allen, G.R. & Steene, R.C. 1988. Fishes of Christmas Island Indian Ocean. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 197 pp.

Bloch, M.E. & Schneider, J.G. 1801. Systema Ichthyologiae Iconibus ex Illustratum. Berlin 584 pp. 110 pls.

 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0138136

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

Donaldson, T.J. 1990. Reproductive behavior and social organization of some Pacific hawkfishes (Cirrhitidae). Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 36(4): 439-458.

Gaither, M.R. & Randall, J.E. 2013. Reclassification of the Indo-Pacific Hawkfish Cirrhitus pinnulatus (Forster). Zootaxa 3599(2): 189-196. Abstract

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls.

Lacépède, B.G. 1803. Histoire Naturelle des Poissons. Paris : chez Plassan Vol. 5 803 pp. 21 pls. (described as Cirrhitus maculatus)

Randall, J.E. 1963. Review of the hawkfishes (family Cirrhitidae). Proceedings of the United States National Museum 114(3472): 389-451 figs 1-16

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.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37374005

Depth:to 3 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish (also commercial)

Habitat:Reef associated, in surge zone

Max Size:28 cm TL

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