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Paracirrhites forsteri

Schneider, 1801

Blackside hawkfish


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Latin name : Paracirrhites forsteri (Schneider, 1801)
Synonyms :
Classification : Cirrhitidae ( Hawkfishs )
Name : Poisson-faucon de Forster
Poisson-faucon à taches de rousseur
Name : Blackside hawkfish
Freckled hawkfish
Forster's hawkfish
Main identification characters
Body yellowish with broad blackish stripe on upper side; head and anterior part of body with small dark reddish spots.Color changes with growth as well as varies among adults. In Oceania, juveniles are a golden green dorsally and white ventrally; in continental areas juveniles may be red dorsally.

Max size : 23 cm.
Possible confusions
The maroon and yellow phase was originally described as a distinct species, P. typee.
Feeds mainly on small fishes and crustacenas, sometimes on shrimps and is territorial and haremic.
Cycle of life / Reproduction
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Inhabits clear lagoon or seaward reefs to at least 40 m depth.Tends to perch on outermost branches of Stylophora, Pocillopora, and Acropora corals.
Geographical distribution
Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Hawaiian, Line, Marquesan and Ducie islands, north to southern Japan, south to New Caledonia and the Austral Is.; throughout Micronesia and also known from the Society Is. Unknown from the Persian and Oman gulfs.
Websites :
http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?genusname=Paracirrh [...]
http://www.uog.edu/marinelab/fish/species_html/paracirrhites.forsteri. [...]

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Découvrir la mer Rouge et l'océan Indien
Steven Weinberg
Editions Nathan 1996, 1997
Guide du récif corallien de Mer Rouge
Helmut Debelius
PLB Editions, 1998
Data sheet written by Christophe Naslain , 13/06/2003

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