Synonyms for cirrhitidae or Related words with cirrhitidae
Examples of "cirrhitidae"
The whitespot hawkfish, Paracirrhites hemistictus, also known as the Halfspotted hawkfish, Multicolored hand-fish and Ornate hawkfish, is a species of hawkfish belonging to the
The hawkfishes are strictly tropical, perciform marine fishes of the family
associated with the coral reefs of the western and eastern Atlantic and Indo-Pacific. They share many morphological features with the scorpionfish of the family Scorpaenidae.
Somalia's territorial waters are prime fishing grounds for highly migratory marine species, such as tuna. A narrow but productive continental shelf contains several demersal fish and crustacean species. Fish species found exclusively in the nation include "Cirrhitichthys randalli" (
), "Symphurus fuscus" (Cynoglossidae), "Parapercis simulata" OC (Pinguipedidae), "Cociella somaliensis" OC (Platycephalidae), and "Pseudochromis melanotus" (Pseudochromidae).
Hawkfishes have large heads with thick, somewhat elongated bodies. Their dorsal fins are merged, with the first consisting of 10 connected spines. At the tip of each spine are several trailing filaments, hence the family name
, from the Latin "cirrus" meaning "fringe". Their tail fins are rounded and truncated, and their pectoral fins are enlarged and scaleless. Their scales may be cycloid or ctenoid. Most hawkfishes are small, from about 7–15 cm in length. The largest species, the giant hawkfish ("Cirrhitus rivulatus") attains a length of 60 cm and a weight of 4 kg. A commercial fishery exists for the larger species, as they are considered excellent food fishes.
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