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Spotted Hawkfish, 6cm (Cirrhitichthys Oxycephalus)

Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus
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The spotted hawkfish is pink to white in colour with almost black to bright-red spots or blotches over the body, tail and dorsal fins. The colour of the blotches is usually associated with depth; they are usually red at greater depth. They grow to a length of 9cm.

The spotted hawkfish is found in tropical marine waters throughout the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it occurs from South Passage to North West Cape, Western Australia (including the territories of Ashmore and Cartier Islands and Scott Reef), and from Lizard Island, Queensland to Sydney, New South Wales.

The spotted hawkfish occurs in clear shallow coastal waters through to deep offshore coral and rocky reefs, to depths of 40m. They usually occupy reef crests that are often in strong surge zones.

Hawkfish are generally observed perched on their thickened pectoral fins. They sit in this manner on the bottom, while observing their surroundings for food. Hawkfish have excellent eyesight, enabling them to see prey from a long distance.

Most hawkfish feed on small vertebrate prey such as shrimp, worms or fish.

Approximate Purchase Size: 6cm

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Water Conditions: sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size: 3"