Laboute's Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus laboutei Randall & Lubbock 1982

Other Names: Laboute's Fairy-wrasse, Magenta-streaked Wrasse, Northern Purple Wrasse

Laboute's Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus laboutei, from the Coral Sea, Australia. Source: Fenton Walsh / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A fairy wrasse with a brownish back and a pale underside with a pair of parallel stripes behind the eye running along and just below the dorsal-fin base, a stripe curving down behind the pectoral fin from the upper part of the gill cover then running along midbody to the tail. The stripes are majenta and pale blue in males, while females have narrower reddish stripes. Juveniles have a dark spot on upper part of the tail base.

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Laboute's Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus laboutei Randall & Lubbock 1982

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Occurs on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea. Elsewhere, the species occurs in New Caledonia, the Loyalty Islands, and Vanuatu.
Inhabits areas of coral, rock and rubble, on reef slopes at depths of 7-55 m - often seen near the bottom.


Dianne J. Bray

Laboute's Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus laboutei Randall & Lubbock 1982


Randall, J.E. & Lubbock, R. 1982. Three new labrid fishes of the genus Cirrhilabrus from the southwestern Pacific. Bernice P. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 25(2): 12.

Rocha, L. & Pollard, D. 2010. Cirrhilabrus laboutei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187439A8535703. Downloaded on 25 August 2016.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384081

Biology:Able to change sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:7-55 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12 cm TL

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