Ringeye Hawkfish (species: Paracirrhites arcatus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Paracirrhites arcatus
Ringeye Hawkfish

©Lyle Vail: Paracirrhites arcatus at No Name Reef near Lizard Island.

©Philip Dunbavan: Paracirrhites arcatus on the outer slope of Yonge Reef near Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Cirrhitidae
Genus Paracirrhites
Species Paracirrhites arcatus



Distinguishing features

Colour pattern is distinctive: orange, red and blue arch behind eye, three orange bands on lower edge of gill cover, broad white stripe from mid-back extends to tail.


  • Up to 13 cm (Length according to Allen et al, 2003.)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.
  • 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.

Other references

  • Coker, D.J., A.S. Hoey, S.K. Wilson, M. Depczynski, N.A.J. Graham, J.-P.A. Hobbs, T.H. Holmes and M.S.. Pratchett (2015). Habitat selectivity and reliance on live corals for Indo-Pacific hawkfishes (Family: Cirrhitidae), PLoS One, doi.1371/journal.pone.0138136. LIRS catalog number 1959.
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