Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cirrhitidae
Etymology: Cirrhitus: Latin, cirrus = curl fringe (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 5 - 23 m (Ref. 5227). Tropical; 30°N - 1°S, 120°W - 70°W
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 60.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637); max. published weight: 4.2 kg (Ref. 40637)
Body moderately deep and compressed; dorsal fin with 10 thick spines and 11 to 12 soft rays (X,11-12); interspinal membranes with terminal cirri; pectoral fins wide, with 14 rays, the lower 7 thickened and unbranched, with notched membranes; body olive green to red, with 4 dark oblique bars with cobalt blue borders; head with similar dark bars (Ref. 55763).
Eastern Central Pacific: Gulf of California to northern Colombia and the Galapagos Islands.
Solitary, bottom-living in shallow waters (Ref. 28023). Lies very still on rock ledges and is well camouflaged against the rocks. Feeds on crustaceans and small fishes (Ref. 37955). Considered a good food fish (Ref. 9289).
Bussing, W.A. and R.J. Lavenberg, 1995. Cirrhitidae. Chinos, halcones. p. 1007-1010. In W. Fischer, F. Krupp, W. Schneider, C. Sommer, K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) Guia FAO para Identification de Especies para lo Fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. 3 Vols. FAO, Rome.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00000 (0.00000 - 0.00000), b=0.00000 (0.00000 - 0.00000), based on (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.67 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .