Red-eye Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus solorensis Bleeker 1853

Other Names: Red Head Solon Fairy Wrasse, Redheaded Fairy Wrasse, Solon Fairy Wrasse, Tricolor Fairy Wrasse

A Red-eye Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus solorensis, in an aquarium. Source: LMBM2012 / Flickr. License: CC BY Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0

A metallic blue fairy wrasse with a bright yellowish to orange snout, bright red on the nape, a broad dark bluish band along the back, a yellowish underside and a dark bar at the pectoral-fin base. The eye is bright red (hence the common name) and males usually have a broad dark bluish bar along the edge of the gill cover.
The Red-eye Wrasse is only known in the Australian EEZ from the territory of Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean.

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Bray, D.J. 2020, Cirrhilabrus solorensis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 03 Dec 2022,

Red-eye Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus solorensis Bleeker 1853

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Recorded in the Australian EEZ from the territory of Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean (Rocha et al. 2010). Red-eye Wrasse occur in small harems comprising a male and several females, including juveniles. Inhabits rubble and coral areas on coastal and outer reef lagoons.


Bray, D.J. 2020

Red-eye Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus solorensis Bleeker 1853


Allen, G.R. 2000. Description of a new wrasse (Pisces: Labridae: Cirrhilabrus) from northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Aqua J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 4(2): 45-50.

Allen, G.R., J. Drew & P. Barber.  2008. Cirrhilabrus beauperryi a new wrasse (Pisces: Labridae) from Melanesia. aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology 14(3): 129-140.

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Allen, G.R. & R.H. Kuiter. 1999. Descriptions of two new wrasses of the genus Cirrhilabrus (Labridae) from Indonesia. aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology 3(4): 133-140.

Kuiter, R.H. & T. Tonozuka. 2001. Pictorial guide to Indonesian reef fishes. Part 2. Fusiliers - Dragonets, Caesionidae - Callionymidae. Zoonetics, Australia. Pp. 304-622.

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CAAB Code:37384213


Biology:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:3-35 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm TL

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