Morrison's Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus morrisoni Allen 1998

Other Names: Morrison's Fairy-wrasse

A Terminal Phase (male) Morrison's Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus morrisoni, at Hibernia Reef, western Timor Sea. Source: Gerald R. Allen. License: All rights reserved

A peachy orange fairy wrasse becoming white below, with black scale centres, especially posteriorly giving a cross-hatched pattern, a black dorsal fin with a row of metallic blue basal spots, elongated first and second dorsal-fin spines form a short pennant, large black pelvic fins, a black anal fin with a broad white basal stripe, and a steely blue caudal fin with a series of spots and stripes.

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Bray, D.J. 2016, Cirrhilabrus morrisoni in Fishes of Australia, accessed 11 Aug 2022,

Morrison's Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus morrisoni Allen 1998

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Found only at Hibernia Reef in the western Timor Sea, Western Australia. Inhabits flat rubble areas with dense Halimeda growth.


The species is named in honour of Hugh Morrison, owner of the Perth Diving Academy.

Species Citation

Cirrhilabrus morrisoni Allen 1999, Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 25(3-4): 120, figs 1-4. Type locality: Hibernia Reef, Timor Sea, off north-western Australia. 


Bray, D.J. 2016


Australian Faunal Directory

Morrison's Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus morrisoni Allen 1998


Allen, G.R. 1999. Descriptions of a new wrasse (Pisces: Labridae; Cirrhilabrus) from North-western Australia. Revue Française d'Aquariologie et Herpétologie 25(3-4): 118-122.

Kuiter, R.H. 2002. Fairy & Rainbow Wrasses and their Relatives. Chorleywood, U.K. : TMC Publishing 207 pp.

Rocha, L. & Pollard, D. 2010. Cirrhilabrus morrisoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187682A8599788. Downloaded on 02 January 2017.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37384189

Biology:Able to change sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:23-35 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:5.5 cm SL


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