Longnose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus)
Family: Cirrhitidae (Hawkfish)
Natural Range: Indiann and Pacific Ocean
Depth: 49 to 492 ft. Size: 5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 20+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Caution
Diet: Crustaceans, small fish
Natural History: The Longnose Hawkfish is found on rocky and coral-rich reefs, often associated with gorgonians. It is usually found singly or in pairs. It uses its long mouth to extract food such as shrimp from coral crevices. If it catches a prey species too large to swallow it will bash its prey against the substrate until the pieces can be swallowed. It is usually found individually or in pairs.
Husbandry: The Longnose Hawkfish benefits if provided gorgonians or some similar structures to perch upon. It will sometimes become aggressive with its own species unless it is introduced as a male-female pair. Two Longnose Hawkfish that have become combative will lock jaws and begin attempting to bash each other into rocks - they must then be then separated. They may attempt to eat ornamental shrimps and small tankmate fishes. They are good jumpers and must be housed in covered tanks.
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