Notocirrhitus splendensSplendid hawkfish | Cirrhitus splendens
Relatively large hawkfish, with dark-edged red/orange spots on snout and face, stripes on nape and dark blotches on body, which is grey on head grading to white towards rear, spots on tail and pectoral fin base spotted with orange red spots. Endemic to subtropical Tasman Sea islands.
Max Size: 20 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 18.4-24.9°C
Habitat Generalization Index: 15.82
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: Common (48.7% 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