Paracirrhites forsteri

Freckled hawkfish | Blackside Hawkfish | Forster's Hawkfish
Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri, Red Sea, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri, Red Sea, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri, Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri, juvenile, North WA, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri, North WA, Australia, Photo: Andrew Green
Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri, QLD, Australia, Photo: Joe Shields
Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri, juvenile, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri, Red Sea, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
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Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri
Paracirrhites forsteri

Distribution

Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Description

Red-brown spots on head and operculum, highly variable body pattern and colouration but generally includes pale strip below dorsal fin. Perches among branching corals. Length to 22 cm.


Information

Max Size: 22 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.4-31.2°C

Depth: 1-35m

Habitat Generalization Index: 16.9

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 (33.5% 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: Joe Shields