Cristacirrhitus punctatus (Cuvier, 1829)
Blackspotted hawkfish
photo by King, D.R.

Family:  Cirrhitidae (Hawkfishes)
Max. size:  17 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and South Africa. Recently reported from Reunion (Ref. 53568).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 6-6. Body mottled with irregular brown and pale brown blotches; upper 2/3 of head with blackish dots; curved blackish line posteriorly from eye (Ref. 5469).
Biology:  A rocky shore species.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 01.05.93
Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 14.07.03
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 06.02.97

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