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Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Moderately common in rocky areas and among rubble, often in crevices and shallow caves. Usually lies at rest on the substrate (Ref. 9626). Feeds primarily on small crustaceans, particularly copepods, shrimps and shrimp larvae, crabs and crab larvae as well as polychaetes (Ref. 7510).
  • Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray 1986 A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p. (Ref. 7251)
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Distribution

Western Atlantic: southern Florida and Texas (USA), Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean Sea to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Ref. 57756). Eastern Atlantic: St. Helena (?, Randall pers. comm.).
  • Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray 1986 A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p. (Ref. 7251)
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Western Atlantic.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Analspines: 3; Analsoft rays: 6
  • Randall, J.E. 1996 Caribbean reef fishes. Third Edition - revised and enlarged. T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Ltd., Hong Kong. 3nd ed. 368 p. (Ref. 13442)
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Size

Maximum size: 95 mm SL
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Max. size

9.5 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 5288))
  • Edwards, A. 1990 Fish and fisheries of Saint Helena Island. Centre for Tropical Coastal Management Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Ref. 5288)
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Diagnostic Description

White interspaces between first four dark bars bisected by narrow yellowish brown bars.
  • Randall, J.E. 1996 Caribbean reef fishes. Third Edition - revised and enlarged. T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Ltd., Hong Kong. 3nd ed. 368 p. (Ref. 13442)
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 2 - 46 m (Ref. 7510)
  • Randall, J.E. 1990 Cirrhitidae. p. 851-852. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 2.
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Depth range based on 27 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 22 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 3 - 30.5
  Temperature range (°C): 24.203 - 27.684
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.161 - 1.844
  Salinity (PPS): 35.022 - 36.594
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.543 - 4.687
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.046 - 0.176
  Silicate (umol/l): 0.993 - 2.664

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 3 - 30.5

Temperature range (°C): 24.203 - 27.684

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.161 - 1.844

Salinity (PPS): 35.022 - 36.594

Oxygen (ml/l): 4.543 - 4.687

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.046 - 0.176

Silicate (umol/l): 0.993 - 2.664
 
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Depth: 2 - 46m.
From 2 to 46 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated.
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Trophic Strategy

Moderately common in rocky areas and among rubble, often in crevices and shallow caves. Usually lies at rest on the substrate (Ref. 9626). Feeds primarily on small crustaceans, particularly copepods, shrimps and shrimp larvae, crabs and crab larvae as well as polychaetes (Ref. 7510). Carnivore (Ref. 57616).
  • Randall, J.E. 1967 Food habits of reef fishes of the West Indies. Stud. Trop. Oceanogr. Miami 5:665-847.
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Pelagic spawner.
  • Sadovy, Y. and T.J. Donaldson 1995 Sexual pattern of Neocirrhites armatus (Cirrhitidae) with notes on other hawkfish species. Environ. Biol. Fish. 42(2):143-150. (Ref. 31569)
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Amblycirrhitus pinos

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


There are 7 barcode sequences available from BOLD and GenBank.

Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.

See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.

CCTTTACCTGGTATTTGGTGCCTGAGCTGGTATAGTCGGCACAGCTCTTAGCCTTCTTATTCGGGCGGAGCTAAGCCAACCAGGTGCCCTTCTCGGGGACGACCAGATTTACAATGTTATCGTTACTGCGCACGCATTTGTTATAATTTTCTTCATAGTTATGCCAATTATAATTGGAGGCTTCGGGAACTGACTAATTCCTTTAATAATTGGAGCCCCGGACATGGCCTTCCCCCGAATAAATAACATAAGCTTCTGGCTTCTCCCCCCTTCCTTCCTTCTTCTCCTTGCATCTTCTGGCATTGAAGCCGGGGCAGGAACCGGATGGACAGTTTACCCACCTCTAGCGGGCAATCTAGCCCATGCAGGTGCATCAGTTGATCTTACCATCTTCTCGCTACATTTAGCAGGTATCTCCTCTATTTTAGGGGCTATTAACTTTATTACAACTATTATTAATATAAAACCTCCTGCTATTTCCCAATACCAGACCCCTCTGTTCGTATGAGCAGTATTAATTACTGCTGTTCTTCTTCTCCTCTCCCTCCCTGTTCTTGCTGCCGGGATTACAATGCTCTTAACAGACCGAAACCTAAACACCACCTTCTTCGACCCTGCAGGTGGGGGAGATCCCATTCTTTACCAACACCTATTT
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Amblycirrhitus pinos

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 9
Specimens with Barcodes: 18
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

aquarium: commercial
  • Sadovy, Y. 1992 A preliminary assessment of the marine aquarium export trade in Puerto Rico. Proceedings of the Seventh International Coral Reef Symposium, Guam, Vol. 2, p. 1014-1021. (Ref. 12090)
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Wikipedia

Redspotted hawkfish

The redspotted hawkfish (Amblycirrhitus pinos) is a species of hawkfish found at depths of from 2 to 46 m (6.6 to 150.9 ft) on tropical reefs in the Western Atlantic. This species can reach a length of 9.5 cm (3.7 in) in standard length. It can also be found in the aquarium trade.

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