| Ecological Descriptors
This is the only member of the Hawkfish Family found in the Tropical Western Atlantic (TWA)
Head dark brown to greyish-brown. Bright red tubercular spots on the head and front 1/3 of body. Brown bars on body, separated by white, then the final bar has a superior large black spot , which spreads onto base of soft dorsal. Caudal peduncle has a broad black bar. The dorsal fin has 4 longitudinal rows of red spots and brown base. The caudal fin is translucent pink, with a white bar at its base. Pelvics and anal fins are whitish, pectorals pinkish.
Inhabits rocky areas and among rubble, often in crevices and shallow caves. Usually lies at rest on the substrate. Feeds primarily on small crustaceans, particularly copepods, shrimps and shrimp larvae, crabs and crab larvae as well as polychaetes
Believed to be a protogynous hermaphrodite, with a few females changing to dominant males. Pelagic spawner.