The Arc-eye hawkfish (Paracirrhites arcatus)is also known as the Horseshoe Hawkfish, the Ring-eye Hawkfish and the Whiteline Hawkfish. Hawkfish, are named for their behaviour of perching themselves in strategic raised locations on the reef. From there they view their territory and pounce down at a surprising speed on unsuspecting prey, just as a hawk would.
Hawkfish do not have swim bladders, which although it means they have to swim to stop themselves from sinking, allows them to make these rapid darts to catch prey. Fish with swim bladders would be at a disadvantage in such a situation as they would have to adjust the pressure.
When a hawkfish sees a diver approaching they will often freeze in this position, probably in hopes they aren’t seen. The name, arc eye, or arcatus, meaning “arched”, refers to the bright orange marking around the eyes.
The body of an arc-eye hawkfish may be greenish-brown, dark brown or reddish-orange with a broad, longitudinal white band along the distal half of the body. The tail is a blueish color. They have large heads with somewhat elongated bodies and the dorsal fins are merged. They have a distinctive orange arched marking around and behind the eye.
-Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between the availability of the actual livestock.
-And based on availability, your fish will be selected from an assortment of males and females, as we are not able to guarantee specific gender.