Splendid Hawkfish, Notocirrhitus splendens (Ogilby 1889)

A Splendid Hawkfish, Notocirrhitus splendens, at Phillip Rock, Lord Howe Island, Tasman Sea. Source: Andrew J. Green / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

The Splendid Hawkfish has a whitish body with red to reddish-orange spots and bars on the head and pectoral-fin base, larger reddish blotches on the anterior part of the body, and dark brownish blotches on the rear of the body.

Video of a Splendid Hawkfish at 9 Mile Reef off Point Danger on the Gold Coast, Queensland, depth 16 m.

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Splendid Hawkfish, Notocirrhitus splendens (Ogilby 1889)

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On the Australian mainland, this species has been recorded from off Point Danger, Coolangatta, QLD, North Solitary Island and Nelson Bay, NSW, and from Elizabeth Reef, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea.

Species Citation

Cirrhitichthys splendens Ogilby, 1889, Mem. Aust. Mus. 2(3): 58, pl. 2. Type locality: Lord Howe Island.


Dianne J. Bray

Splendid Hawkfish, Notocirrhitus splendens (Ogilby 1889)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37374012

Depth:1-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:20 cm TL

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