Freckled Hawkfish (species: Paracirrhites forsteri) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Paracirrhites forsteri
Freckled Hawkfish

©Victor Huertas: Paracirrhites forsteri on the reef slope between Bird and South Islands, Lizard Island Group.

©Anne Hoggett: Freckled Hawkfish at Cod Hole near Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Different colour form of Freckled Hawkfish at Cod Hole near Lizard Island. 
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Cirrhitidae
Genus Paracirrhites
Species Paracirrhites forsteri



Distinguishing features

Many small dark spots on head and forebody. Colours otherwise quite variable. Allen et al (2003) note that freckles on head is key to identification of this species. 


  • Up to 22 cm (Length)

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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