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Species: Amblycirrhitus pinos, Redspotted Hawkfish

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head & D red spots; body dark bars
D: spines with cirri, under end - black blotch
tail base: black bar
pectoral - lower 5 rays long, thick, membranes deeply indented



Amblycirrhitus pinos (Mowbray, 1927)

Redspotted Hawkfish

Body oval, moderately compressed; snout short, pointed; a fringe of cirri on rear edge of front nostril; mouth moderately large; a row of small canines on jaws, with a band of simple teeth inside those; teeth on center and sides of roof of mouth; operculum with 2 flat spines; preopercle finely serrated; dorsal fin X, 11, continuous, slightly notched between spines and rays, membranes between spines deeply indented, each spine with a tuft of threads at the tip; anal fin III, 6; tail fin bluntly straight edged; lower 5-7 rays of the pectoral stout, with membranes deeply notched, distinctly longer than other rays, used for perching on the bottom; pelvic I, 5, its origin behind pectoral base; scales smooth, 41-44 on lateral line.

Head grey-brown; head and front 1/3 of body with small bright red spots; body with grey-brown bars, separated by white, then a red-brown bar with a large black spot at its top, which spreads onto base of soft dorsal; tail base with a broad black bar; dorsal fin – inner part of spiny dorsal grey-brown, all of fin with 4 longitudinal rows of red spots; tail fin translucent pink, with a white bar at its base; pelvics and anal whitish, pectorals pinkish.

Reaches 9.5 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 1-125 m.

Bermuda to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Sea anemones
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 9.5
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 125