Other identification tools | FishBase

Fish Identification: Find Species


Family: Cirrhitidae Hawkfishes



(See list of species below)



Select Class:     Select Order:   
Select Family: Subfamily:     Select Genus:

Select Ocean (marine/brackish) or Continent (freshwater):
                                                          Specify a country:

Total number of spines in dorsal and anal fins (optional)


33 species (see list below)

1 of 1 Jump to:

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 8.5 cm SL
Amblycirrhitus bimacula (Jenkins, 1903)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Amblycirrhitus bimacula
[Twospot hawkfish]

Photo by Wirtz, P.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 6.7 cm SL
Amblycirrhitus earnshawi Lubbock, 1978

Photo by Wirtz, P.
 
Amblycirrhitus earnshawi
[]
No picture found
Western Central Pacific.
Max. Length 5.2 cm TL

 
Amblycirrhitus oxyrhynchos
[Sharpsnout hawkfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Atlantic
Max. Length 9.5 cm SL
Amblycirrhitus pinos (Mowbray, 1927)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Amblycirrhitus pinos
[Redspotted hawkfish]

Photo by Wass, R.C.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 8.5 cm TL
Amblycirrhitus unimacula (Kamohara, 1957)

Photo by Wass, R.C.
 
Amblycirrhitus unimacula
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 12.5 cm TL
Cirrhitichthys aprinus (Cuvier, 1829)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Cirrhitichthys aprinus
[Spotted hawkfish]

Photo by Cook, D.C.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 14 cm TL
Cirrhitichthys aureus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1842)

Photo by Cook, D.C.
 
Cirrhitichthys aureus
[Yellow hawkfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 8.2 cm SL
Cirrhitichthys bleekeri Day, 1874

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Cirrhitichthys bleekeri
[]

Photo by Field, R.

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Cirrhitichthys calliurus Regan, 1905

Photo by Field, R.
 
Cirrhitichthys calliurus
[Spottedtail hawkfish]

Photo by van der Werff, M.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 7 cm TL
Cirrhitichthys falco Randall, 1963

Photo by van der Werff, M.
 
Cirrhitichthys falco
[Dwarf hawkfish]

Photo by Terver, D.

Indo-West Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 12 cm TL
Cirrhitichthys guichenoti (Sauvage, 1880)

Photo by Terver, D.
 
Cirrhitichthys guichenoti
[Cave hawkfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 10 cm TL
Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus (Bleeker, 1855)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus
[Coral hawkfish]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean

 
Cirrhitichthys randalli
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 12.7 cm TL
Cirrhitops fasciatus (Bennett, 1828)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Cirrhitops fasciatus
[Redbarred hawkfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Western Pacific
Max. Length 25 cm TL
Cirrhitops hubbardi (Schultz, 1943)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Cirrhitops hubbardi
[]
No picture found
Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 7.5 cm SL

 
Cirrhitops mascarenensis
[]
No picture found
Pacific Ocean

 
Cirrhitus albopunctatus
[]

Photo by Wirtz, P.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 16 cm SL
Cirrhitus atlanticus Osório, 1893

Photo by Wirtz, P.
 
Cirrhitus atlanticus
[West African hawkfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 30 cm TL
Cirrhitus pinnulatus (Forster, 1801)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Cirrhitus pinnulatus
[Stocky hawkfish]

Photo by Wepner, T.

Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 60 cm TL
Cirrhitus rivulatus Valenciennes, 1846

Photo by Wepner, T.
 
Cirrhitus rivulatus
[Giant hawkfish]

Photo by FAO

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 17 cm TL
Cristacirrhitus punctatus (Cuvier, 1829)

Photo by FAO
 
Cristacirrhitus punctatus
[Blackspotted hawkfish]

Photo by Baur, J.-C.

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 15 cm TL
Cyprinocirrhites polyactis (Bleeker, 1874)

Photo by Baur, J.-C.
 
Cyprinocirrhites polyactis
[Swallowtail hawkfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 7.8 cm SL
Isocirrhitus sexfasciatus (Schultz, 1960)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Isocirrhitus sexfasciatus
[Sixband hawkfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 12 cm NG
Itycirrhitus wilhelmi (Lavenberg & Yañez A., 1972)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Itycirrhitus wilhelmi
[Wilhelm's hawkfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 9 cm TL
Neocirrhites armatus Castelnau, 1873

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Neocirrhites armatus
[Flame hawkfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Notocirrhitus splendens (Ogilby, 1889)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Notocirrhitus splendens
[Splendid hawkfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 13 cm TL
Oxycirrhites typus Bleeker, 1857

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Oxycirrhites typus
[Longnose hawkfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 20 cm TL
Paracirrhites arcatus (Cuvier, 1829)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Paracirrhites arcatus
[Arc-eye hawkfish]
No picture found
Pacific Ocean.

 
Paracirrhites bicolor
[]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 22 cm TL
Paracirrhites forsteri (Schneider, 1801)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Paracirrhites forsteri
[Blackside hawkfish]

Photo by Randall, J.E.

Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 29 cm TL
Paracirrhites hemistictus (Günther, 1874)

Photo by Randall, J.E.
 
Paracirrhites hemistictus
[Whitespot hawkfish]

Photo by Adams, M.J.

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 8.1 cm SL
Paracirrhites nisus Randall, 1963

Photo by Adams, M.J.
 
Paracirrhites nisus
[]

Photo by Adams, M.J.

Eastern Central Pacific
Max. Length 10 cm TL
Paracirrhites xanthus Randall, 1963

Photo by Adams, M.J.
 
Paracirrhites xanthus
[]
33 Species of Family Cirrhitidae
(Hawkfishes)
Sort by: Species Length Year
1 of 1 Jump to:
Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
1903 Amblycirrhitus bimacula Twospot hawkfish Indo-Pacific 8.5 SL
1978 Amblycirrhitus earnshawi Eastern Atlantic 6.7 SL
1858 Amblycirrhitus oxyrhynchos Sharpsnout hawkfish Western Central Pacific. 5.2 TL
1927 Amblycirrhitus pinos Redspotted hawkfish Western Atlantic 9.5 SL
1957 Amblycirrhitus unimacula Pacific Ocean 8.5 TL
1829 Cirrhitichthys aprinus Spotted hawkfish Western Indian Ocean 12.5 TL
1842 Cirrhitichthys aureus Yellow hawkfish Indo-West Pacific 14 TL
1874 Cirrhitichthys bleekeri Eastern Indian Ocean 8.2 SL
1905 Cirrhitichthys calliurus Spottedtail hawkfish Western Indian Ocean 12 TL
1963 Cirrhitichthys falco Dwarf hawkfish Indo-Pacific 7 TL
1880 Cirrhitichthys guichenoti Cave hawkfish Indo-West Pacific Ocean 12 TL
1855 Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus Coral hawkfish Indo-Pacific 10 TL
1976 Cirrhitichthys randalli Western Indian Ocean
1828 Cirrhitops fasciatus Redbarred hawkfish Indo-Pacific 12.7 TL
1943 Cirrhitops hubbardi Western Pacific 25 TL
2008 Cirrhitops mascarenensis Western Indian Ocean 7.5 SL
1950 Cirrhitus albopunctatus Pacific Ocean
1893 Cirrhitus atlanticus West African hawkfish Eastern Atlantic 16 SL
1801 Cirrhitus pinnulatus Stocky hawkfish Indo-Pacific 30 TL
1846 Cirrhitus rivulatus Giant hawkfish Eastern Central Pacific 60 TL
1829 Cristacirrhitus punctatus Blackspotted hawkfish Western Indian Ocean 17 TL
1874 Cyprinocirrhites polyactis Swallowtail hawkfish Indo-West Pacific 15 TL
1960 Isocirrhitus sexfasciatus Sixband hawkfish Pacific Ocean 7.8 SL
1972 Itycirrhitus wilhelmi Wilhelm's hawkfish Eastern Pacific 12 NG
1873 Neocirrhites armatus Flame hawkfish Pacific Ocean 9 TL
1889 Notocirrhitus splendens Splendid hawkfish Southwest Pacific 20 TL
1857 Oxycirrhites typus Longnose hawkfish Indo-Pacific 13 TL
1829 Paracirrhites arcatus Arc-eye hawkfish Indo-Pacific 20 TL
1963 Paracirrhites bicolor Pacific Ocean.
1801 Paracirrhites forsteri Blackside hawkfish Indo-Pacific 22 TL
1874 Paracirrhites hemistictus Whitespot hawkfish Eastern Indian Ocean 29 TL
1963 Paracirrhites nisus Western Central Pacific 8.1 SL
1963 Paracirrhites xanthus Eastern Central Pacific 10 TL



Other identification tools in FishBase


Quick Identification
Identification keys
Identification by morphometrics
Identification by pictures:
          If you already know the Family, go to Search FishBase, select Family and click on 'Identification by pictures' to display all available pictures in FishBase for the family.

          If you already know the Country, go to
Search FishBase, select Country and click on 'Identification by pictures' to display all available pictures in FishBase for the country.

          If you already know the Ecosystem, go to
Search FishBase, select Ecosystem and click on 'Identification by pictures' to display all available pictures in FishBase for the ecosystem.
cfm script by eagbayani, 30.11.04, ,  php script by cmilitante, 05/11/2010 ,  last modified by cmilitante, 14/03/2013