dwarf hawkfish

Scientific name Cirrhitichthys falco
Descriptor Randall
Year of description 1963
IUCN category LC
Family Cirrhitidae
Genus Cirrhitichthys
Cirrhitichthys falco Cirrhitichthys falco


Cirrhitichthys falco, commonly known as dwarf hawkfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    6 cm
  • Maximum size
    7 cm
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes
  • Average size
    6 cm
  • Maximum size
    7 cm
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes

How to recognize the dwarf hawkfish ?

The dwarf hawkfish measures between 6 and 7 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly rouge and blanc body. The also has rouge vertical stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The dwarf hawkfish is a fish solitary. This species is carnivorous .

The dwarf hawkfish is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights. Relationships between conspecifics are also hectic, with each seeking to secure its place.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre
  • Polygamy

The dwarf hawkfish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre. In this species, the dominant males are polygamous and reproduce each season with several females.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    3 - 45 m

Biotope presentation

The dwarf hawkfish is most often found at a depth between 3m and 45m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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