Size7.8 inches (20 cm)
DietShrimp, small fishes, crab and other crustaceans
HabitatLagoons and seaward reefs
- A small, grouper-like fish.
- Displays a range of colors from olive to reddish brown; generally darker dorsally.
- Has a distinctive dark ring extending around and behind the eyes.
- Can have a white stripe running horizontally along the side from mid-body to tail.
- Maximum length of about 7.8 inches (20 cm).
The arc-eye hawkfish is named for the distinctive dark ring around the eye.
- Diet consists of shrimp, small fishes, crab and other crustaceans.
- Occurs in the Indo-Pacific from East Africa to the Hawaiian Islands, Line Islands, and Mangaréva Islands, north to Southern Japan, south to Australia and Rapa, and throughout Micronesia.
- Found in lagoons and seaward reefs at depths of about 3.3-108 feet (1-33 m).
- A sequential hermaphrodite: female may change gender and become male.
- Male is territorial and maintains a harem of numerous females.
- Spawning occurs at dusk.
- “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.
- Often seen perching on the edge of coral heads or rocks, feeding during the day.
- Coral Reef Fishes. Lieske, E. and Myers, R., pg. 34