Oxycirrhites typus (Bleeker, 1857).
Oxycirrhites typus (Bleeker, 1857).
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Oxycirrhites typus

English Name: Longnose hawkfish

Creole Name:

French Name: Épervier à nez long

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 10; Dorsal rays: 13; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 7.

A small hawkfish with a distinctive long pointed snout. Tuft of cirri at top of each dorsal fin spine. 

Colour. Whitish base colour with reddish stripes and bars forming a grid-like pattern.  


Maturity: Unknown. Max length : 13.0 cm TL. 

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits steep outer reef slopes, exposed to strong currents often associated with black corals and large gorgonian sea fans (depth 10-100 m, usually below 25 m). Benthic.  
Feeds on small benthic or planktonic crustaceans. Solitary or in small groups. Uncommon to rare in most areas. Distinct pairing. Eggs and larvae are pelagic.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is not subject to the artisanal fishery. 


Photo courtesy Eleanor Brighton and Chris Mason-Parker (c) 2022 Blue Safari Seychelles/Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles. Photograph taken at Alphonse group 2022.


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Nevill, J.E.G., Brighton, E. & Mason-Parker, C. (2022). Oxycirrhites typus, Longnose hawkfish. Seychelles Seatizens. www.seatizens.sc. https://seatizens.sc/species/oxycirrhites-typus-bleeker-1857/

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