Genus Cirrhilabrus

A large genus of small, colourful wrasses usually found over rubble bottoms on coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific - mostly below 20-30 m. Males and females are sexually dichromatic and live in small harems comprising a dominant male and a small group of females.
Species of Cirrhilabrus have three pairs of prominent canine teeth on the front of the upper jaw and one pair of projecting canine teeth on the front of the lower jaw.
Video of several species of Cirrhilabrus.
Author: Bray, D.J. 2022

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Cirrhilabrus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 25 May 2024,


Tea, Y-K., Xu, X., Joseph D DiBattista, J.D., Lo, N., Cowman, P.F. & Ho, S.Y.W. 2021. Phylogenomic analysis of concatenated ultraconserved elements reveals the recent evolutionary radiation of the fairy wrasses (Teleostei: Labridae: Cirrhilabrus. Systematic Biology : syab012,