This hawkfish can reach a maximum length of 7 cm. They are red-pink and white in color, and have tassles on the tip of their dorsal fins.
They inhabit tropical reefs and feed on very small fish and benthic invertebrates.
| Hawkfish can "switch" gender roles in a matter of weeks. Males can become females, and females can become males in a biological inconsistency. Hawkfish live in harems with a dominant male, but if a male has too many females in his harem, then the subdominant female may break away and begin to produce testosterone and change gender in an effort to challenge the dominant male.
- Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2007). "Cirrhitichthys aprinus" in FishBase. January 2007 version.
- (http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21332-zoologger-transgender-fish-perform-reverse-sex-flip.html) - by: Chelsea Whyte of (www.newscientist.com)