Longnose hawkfish
  • Oxycirrhites typus
  • EnglishName: Longnose hawkfish
  • Local Name : Thundhigu gaaboa
  • Size : Max. 13 cm
  • Family: CIRRHITIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 13 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 7 rays. Pectoral fin with 14 rays. Lower 5 or 6 pectoral rays unbranched. - Body depth 4.4-4.6 in standard length. Snout extremely long. 2 or 4 cirri from membrane near tip of each dorsal spine.
  • Colour: Whitish with horizontal and near-vertical red bands forming a cross-hatch pattern. Males sometimes have a black border to the pelvic and caudal fins.
  • Habitat and Biology: Generally seen perched on black coral or gorgonians, usually at depths greater than 30 m. Feeds mainly on crustaceans, both benthic and planktonic.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific and Eastern Pacific.
  • Remarks: Unlike other hawkfishes. Oxyirrhitus typus is easily distinguished by its extremely elongated snout. A very popular aquarium fish.