Blueside Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura (Bleeker 1851)

Other Names: Blue-scaled Fairy-wrasse, Blue-scaled Wrasse, Blue-side Wrasse, Coralline Wrasse, Red-eyed Wrasse, Yellow-flanked Wrasse

A Blueside Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura, at Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A fairy wrasse with a bluish-grey upper head and anterior body, becoming orange-brown to pinkish-red on the back and rear, with purple to bluish scale margins forming a blotchy area behind the pectoral fin, and a purple band across the pectoral-fin base.
Females are brownish with fine pale bluish spots becoming pale below. Juveniles are red-brown with white tip on snout and dark spot on tail base. Juveniles are mostly reddish-purple with a white belly, a white snout tip and a black spot on the upper part of the caudal peduncle.

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Blueside Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura (Bleeker 1851)

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Monte Bello Islands to Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef to the Capricorn Group, Queensland; also reefs in the Coral Sea, and Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean.
Inhabits mixed coral-rubble areas on inshore reefs, forming aggregations above coral or rocky bottoms and coral rubble along the edges of lagoon, channel, and outer reef slopes.


Feeds on zooplankton in the water column.

Species Citation

Cheilinoides cyanopleura Bleeker 1851, Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indië 2(1): 72, Pl. 1. Type locality: Jakarta, Java, Indonesia.


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Blueside Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura (Bleeker 1851)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384079

Biology:Able to change sex

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:2-30 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm TL

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