Dwarf Hawkfish (species: Cirrhitichthys falco) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Cirrhitichthys falco
Dwarf Hawkfish

©Rick Stuart-Smith: Cirrhitichthys falco, Lizard Island area.

©Lyle Vail: Cirrhitichthys falco at Yonge Reef

©Barbara Banks: Cirrhitichthys falco at North Point, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Cirrhitidae
Genus Cirrhitichthys
Species Cirrhitichthys falco



Distinguishing features

This little hawkfish is distinguised by a pair of reddish bars below the eye and another on the midline of the head reaching to the lips. Base colour is white with reddish brown markings. There is no pale-edged dark spot on the gill cover.


  • Up to 7 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©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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