The arc-eye hawkfish can often be spotted perching on rocky outcropping or coral – like a hawk in a tree!
  • Size

    6-8 inches (15-20 cm)
  • Diet

    Shrimp, small fishes, and crustaceans
  • Range

  • Habitat

    Lagoons and seaward reefs

Physical Characteristics

  • A small, grouper-like fish with a maximum length of about 8 inches (20 cm).
  • Displays a range of colors from olive to red, brown and even yellow; generally darker dorsally.
  • Has a distinctive dark ring extending around and behind the eyes.

Animal Fact

The arc-eye hawkfish is named for the distinctive dark ring around the eye.

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of shrimp, small fishes, crab and other crustaceans.

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Indo-Pacific from East Africa to the Hawaiian Islands, Line Islands, and Mangaréva Islands, Southern Japan, Australia and Rapa, and throughout Micronesia.
  • Found in lagoons and seaward reefs at depths of about 3-110 feet (1-33 m).

Reproduction & Growth

  • A sequential hermaphrodite: females may change gender and become male.
  • Males are territorial and maintain a harem of numerous females.
  • Spawning occurs at dusk.

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Often seen perching on the edge of coral heads or rocks, feeding during the day.


Buy Tickets