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: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 6 - 40 m (Ref. 48636), usually ? - 10 m (Ref. 5278). Tropical; 33°N - 24°S
Indo-Pacific: East Africa south to Sodwana Bay, South Africa (Ref. 4392) and east to the Tuamoto Islands.
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).
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).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
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. (Ref. 5278)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 26.3 - 29.3, mean 28.5 (based on 2345 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01660 (0.00720 - 0.03825), b=2.95 (2.75 - 3.15), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (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 (25 of 100) .