Longnose Hawkfish

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Description of the Longnose Hawkfish

The Longnose Hawkfish is an unusual but beautiful addition to any tropical marine aquarium. It can be identified from other hawkfish due to its unusual red markings and long nose. It is monogamous and can be very territorial, like other hawkfish they all start life as females and  develop into males if required.

Popular Name: Longnose Hawkfish
Species: Oxycirrhites typus

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Longnose Hawkfish

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Profile of the Longnose Hawkfish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Longnose Hawkfish species.

  • Size: Up to 13cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 24 to 26 Degrees. PH 8.1 - 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Brine Shrimp, Pellet and Dried Food

  • Temperament: Monogamous

  • Habitat: Reef Dwellers at depths of up to 100m

  • Behaviour: Territorial

  • Range: Indo-Pacific, Tropical West and East Atlantic

Scientific Classification of the Longnose Hawkfish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Oxycirrhites typus

  • Popular Name: Longnose hawkfish - Long-nose hawk

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Cirrhitidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Longnose Hawkfish?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Longnose Hawkfish slimy?
Longnose Hawkfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Longnose Hawkfish to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Longnose Hawkfish have gills?
Gills enable the Longnose Hawkfish to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Longnose Hawkfish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Longnose Hawkfish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Longnose Hawkfish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Longnose Hawkfish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Longnose Hawkfish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Longnose Hawkfish

Longnose Hawkfish

  • Interesting Information about Longnose Hawkfish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Longnose Hawkfish slimy?

  • Why do the Longnose Hawkfish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Longnose Hawkfish have fins?

  • Species: Oxycirrhites typus

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