The longnose hawkfish, Oxycirrhites typus, is a species of hawkfish found on tropical reefs of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, where it can be found at depths around 10 to 100 m (33 to 328 ft). It prefers the steep outer slopes of the reefs amongst gorgonians and black corals. This species can reach 13 cm (5.1 in) in total length.
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It is currently the only known member in its genus.
Inhabits steep outer reef slopes exposed to strong currents where it lives in large gorgonians and black corals. The suggestion that this species lays demersal eggs is questionable. Pelagic spawning has been observed for this species from field observations. Monogamous (exclusive mating relationship between a single male and a single female). Longnose hawkfish is strongly territorial. Uncommon to rare in most areas.
Feeds on small benthic or planktonic crustaceans
Longnose hawkfish is known distinct pairing. Actual spawning lasts about 1-2 seconds while ascending a distance of less than 0.25 m. Courtship and spawning behavior is similar to that described for other species:
Longnose Hawkfish can be found in the aquarium trade.