Cirrhitichthys falco

Falcon hawkfish | Coral Hawkfish | Dwarf Hawkfish
Cirrhitichthys falco
Cirrhitichthys falco, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Cirrhitichthys falco
Cirrhitichthys falco, QLD, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Cirrhitichthys falco
Cirrhitichthys falco, Photo: Graham Edgar
Cirrhitichthys falco
Cirrhitichthys falco, Bali, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Cirrhitichthys falco
Cirrhitichthys falco
Cirrhitichthys falco
Cirrhitichthys falco


Tropical Indo-Pacific


White body with bright red/brown bars and interspersed spots on side, first two bars widest with dark saddles on back above, pointed snout, dorsal fin with red spots, and fine tassels on spines, tail fin with red spots, oblique stripes on face below eye. Sits on the reef on thickened pelvic fins amongst sponges and corals. Length to 7 cm.


Max Size: 7 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19.9-30.4°C

Depth: 4-46 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 20.93

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Frequent (15.1% 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 (3 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields