Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Centrarchiformes
(Basses) > Cirrhitidae
Etymology: Cirrhitops: Latin, cirrus = curl fringe + Greek, ops = appearance (Ref. 45335); mascarenensis: Named for its ditribution, Mascarene islands of Mauritius and Réunion. More on authors: Randall & Schultz.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Indian Ocean: Mascarene Islands.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 80044)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 6;
Vertebrae: 26. This species is characterized by the following: D X,14; A III,6; pectoral rays14 (rarely 15), the lower 6 unbranched and thickened; gill rakers 4-5 + 13-14; lateral-line scales 49-52; scales above lateral line to origin of dorsal fin 4; serrae on margin of preopercle 14-24 (increasing, in general, with growth); caudal fin slightly emarginate; body red dorsally, white ventrally, with five slightly oblique, reddish brown bars below dorsal fin; a large oblong black spot anteriorly on caudal peduncle; a dark brown spot on opercle; ventral half of body with brownish red blotches of eye to pupil size (Ref. 80044).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Randall, J.E. and J.K. Schultz, 2008. Cirrhitops mascarenensis, a new species of hawkfish from the Mascarene Islands, southwestern Indian Ocean. Smithiana Bull. 9:15-20. (Ref. 80044)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00933 (0.00367 - 0.02375), b=3.07 (2.85 - 3.29), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .