Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Labridae
(Wrasses) > Cheilininae
Etymology: Cirrhilabrus: Latin, cirrus = curl fringe + Greek, labros = furious (Ref. 45335). More on author: Smith.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 6 - 40 m (Ref. 48636), usually ? - 10 m (Ref. 5278). Tropical; 33°N - 24°S
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9823)
soft rays: 9. Large oval black spot on caudal peduncle just above lateral line (Ref. 4392). A closely related undescribed species occurs in west and central Pacific; differs in color, greatest between nuptial males (Ref. 48636).
Indo-Pacific: East Africa south to Sodwana Bay, South Africa (Ref. 4392) and east to the Tuamoto Islands.
Occurs over rubble or low patch reefs in areas of current (Ref. 9823); also on reef edges and around bommies with rubble zones (Ref. 48636); often in moderately large groups and mixed sex during feeding on zooplankton well above the substrate. Males often display to each other (Ref. 48636). Reported to be associated with the mushroom Heliofungia actiniformis (Ref. 91291). Feeds on zooplankton in the water column (Ref. 9823).
Randall, J.E., 1992. A review of the labrid fishes of the genus Cirrhilabrus from Japan, Taiwan and the Mariana Islands, with descriptions of two new species. Micronesica 25(1):99-121.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01620 (0.00732 - 0.03585), b=2.95 (2.76 - 3.14), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.45 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .