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Cirrhitus pinnulatus  (Forster, 1801)

Stocky hawkfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Cirrhitidae (Hawkfishes)
Etymology: Cirrhitus: Latin, cirrus = curl fringe (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 23 m (Ref. 58302), usually 1 - 3 m (Ref. 58302).   Tropical; 30°N - 30°S

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Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa (Ref. 5470) to the Marquesan Islands and Mangaréva, north to southern Japan and the Hawaiian Islands, south to the Kermadec and Rapa Islands.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9947); common length : 23.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9947)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 6. Light brown, whitish below, with white and dark brown spots (Ref. 5469).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits reef fronts and rocky shorelines exposed to moderate to strong surge to depths of about 3 m (Ref. 9947). Benthic (Ref. 58302). Feeds primarily on crabs, also takes other crustaceans, small fishes, sea urchins or brittle stars. Marketed fresh (Ref. 9947).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Pelagic spawner (Ref. 31569). Spawning ascents into the water column occurred over a distance of 1.5 to 2.0 m (Ref. 26305). Further histological evidence is needed to establish protogyny (Ref. 103751).

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Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene, 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii. 506 p. (Ref. 2334)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 24.7 - 29.3, mean 28.2 (based on 2984 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5625   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.7   ±0.3 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.