Scientific Name
Cirrhitichthys falco  
Cirrhitichthys falco鷹金
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Randall, 1963 Depth 4 - 46M
Chinese 鷹金 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese Economic Fish No 
Family F402 Cirrhitidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 鷹金 
Max Length 7 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 短嘴格、格仔、花獅(澎湖) 
Distribution in World Australia   Distribution in Taiwan East、West、South、PonFu、ShaoLiuChew、LanI Is.、Greeb IS.、Tung Sa IS.、Nan Sa IS. 
Habitats Coral、Coastal  Holotype Locality Mindanao 
Synonyms Cirrhitichthys serratus, Cirrhitichtys falco   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)  Randall, J. E. 1963 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0054980. ASIZP0057091. BPBMI23215. NMMBP01194. NMMBP06133. NMMSTP00204. NTUM03626. NTUM03738. NTUM03771. NTUM03772. NTUM03776. NTUM06733.  
Common Name Dwarf hawkfish; Falco hawkfish 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body elongate; body depth 2.9-3.4 in standard length; snout pointed. A fringe of cirri on the hind edge of the anterior nostril. Interorbital space scaleless. Palatine teeth present. A single dorsal fin with X spines and 12 rays, a tuft of cirri near tip of each dorsal spine; anal fin with III spines and 6 rays; lower 6 pectoral rays unbrached, the longest ray reaching a vertical through base of second anal spine; caudal fin emarginate. Lateral line complete, with 42-45 scales; 3 rows of scales above lateral line; 4 rows of large scales on cheek. Body whitish with small dark reddish brown spots, most grounped to from five bars on body those broadered dorsally, the darkest centred beneath front of dorsal fin and extending onto posterior part of head; two narrow reddish brown bars on lower head passing ventrally from eye.
habitats Shallow coastal to outer reef flats and slopes to 45 m depth. Common inhabitant of coral reefs, typically resting at the bases of coral heads. Studies indicate that haremic and spawns nightly. Occasionally in pairs.  
Distribution Distributed in the Indo-Pacific from Maldives to Samoa, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to the southern Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia. Widely around coral reefs in Taiwan.  
Utility Aquarium fishes.