Hawkfish, Blotched Hawkfish, Boar Hawkfish, Red Barred Hawkfish, Threadfin Hawkfish
Cirrhitichthys aprinus, Jervis Bay, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Cirrhitichthys aprinus, NSW, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Cirrhitichthys aprinus, Juvenile, NSW, Australia, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Cirrhitichthys aprinus, Adult, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific
Dark circular blotch on upper operculum behind eye, and wide broken dark red-brown bars separated by light bars with diamond-shaped dark patches where these intersect the lateral line, unmarked translucent tail and dorsal spines with fine short tassels. Sits perched on thickened lower rays of its pectoral fins among sponges and corals.
Max Size: 13 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 16.2-27.0°C
Depth: 5-30 m
Habitat: Coral Reef, Rocky Reef
Threats: Habitat degradation
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (5% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (2 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney