Fish Species


Hawkfish - Description

The Hawkfish is also known as the Ringeye, Arc Eye, Whiteline or Horseshoe Hawkfish. There are several color variations of Hawkfish but they can be recognised by a distinctive ring around and behind the eye, giving it the name 'Arc Eye'.

Popular Name: Hawkfish
Species: Paracirrhites arcatus

Profile of the Hawkfish

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Hawkfish species.

  • Size: Up to 20cm 

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp 25 to 27 Degrees. Ph 8.0 to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Fresh, Dried or Frozen Food particularly shrimp

  • Temperament: Aggressive, predatory will attack other fish

  • Habitat: Reef dwellers in depths of up to 30m

  • Behaviour: A single species is recommended unless you introduce a breeding pair

  • Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean

Scientific Classification of the Hawkfish

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Paracirrhites arcatus 

  • Popular Name: Hawkfish - Ringeyed Hawkfish - Arc Eye Hawkfish - Whiteline Hawkfish - Horseshoe Hawkfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Cirrhitidae

Marine Fish Index

Facts about Fish Species - Hawkfish

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.

A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.


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