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  Dwarf Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys falco)





Dwarf Hawkfish | Cirrhitichthys falco photo
Dwarf Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys falco). Steve's Bommie, Ribbon Reefs, Great Barrier Reef

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DWARF HAWKFISH FACTS

Description
The Dwarf Hawkfish is white with reddish brown spots forming diagonal bands across the body. It has two thin lines extending backwards from the eye. There is a tuft of hairy projections near the tip of each dorsal fin spine. Often seen resting at base of coral heads.

Size
length to 7cm

Habitat
coral reefs, outer reef flats and slopes to 45 m depth

Range
Found in tropical marine waters of the Western Pacific. In Australia it is found from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland south to the central coast of New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Cirrhitidae
Genus:Cirrhitichthys
Species:falco
Common Name:Dwarf Hawkfish

Relatives in same Genus
  Blotched Hawkfish (C. aprinus)