Cirrhitus pinnulatus

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Cirrhitus pinnulatus
Cirrhitus pinnulatus, adult, NW Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Cirrhitus pinnulatus
Cirrhitus pinnulatus, Flinders Ribbon Reef, Coral Sea, Photo: Graham Edgar
Cirrhitus pinnulatus
Cirrhitus pinnulatus, Hawaii, USA, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Cirrhitus pinnulatus
Cirrhitus pinnulatus
Cirrhitus pinnulatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Large hawkfish with mottled khaki body covered with red-brown spots, prominent white spots on side, red-brown spotted fins, and yellow-orange spots on head joining to form wavy lines. Depth to 23 m but usually shallower.


Max Size: 30 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.7-30.5°C

Depth: 0-23m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

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: Infrequent (1.0% 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: Solitary (1 per transect)

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