Cirrhitichthys falco (Dwarf hawkfish)

Identification

White with a pair of reddish brown saddles on the fore-body, small red-brown blotches on the rear body that often align as bars, pair of red stripes below the eye. It lives solitary.

Status

Unevaluated by the IUCN Red list.

Habitat

Indo-Pacific: Maldives to Samoa, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to the southern Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia. Shallow coastal to outer reef flats and slopes.  Common inhabitant of coral reefs, typically resting at the bases of coral heads. It lives in a depth range of 4-45 meters.

Reproduction

Studies indicate that it is haremic and spawns nightly.

Size

Up to 7cm.

Prey / Predation

They feed on small fish and marine invertebrates.

Special features

The stripes under the eye set it apart from the other hawkfishes.