Spotted Hawkfish (species: Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus
Spotted Hawkfish

©Lyle Vail: Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus on the exposed side of South Island, Lizard Island Group. Note spots on tail.

©Anne Hoggett: Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus at North Point, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Cirrhitidae
Genus Cirrhitichthys
Species Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus



Distinguishing features

A small hawkfish usually with white ground colour and red/brown markings on body and fins, but a darker red form also occurs. In both forms, there are spots on the tail, no stripes under the eye and no dark, pale-edged spot on the gill cover.


  • Up to 9 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.