Pink-banded Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus roseafascia Randall & Lubbock 1982

Other Names: Pink-banded Fairy-wrasse, Redstripe Fairy Wrasse, Rose-banded Fairy Wrasse

A male Rose-banded Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus roseafascia, from the Coral Sea - depth 99m. Source: Fenton Walsh / Cairns Marine. License: All rights reserved

A striking fairy wrasse found on deep reefs in the Coral Sea. Males are pinkish-red with a pale pink underside, yellow dorsal and anal fins (with magenta rays), and a large purple spot on the rear of the pelvic fin. The pale red females have a red band running from the eye along the upper side of body that encloses a series of small white spots, and a curved narrow red band across the upper cheek and the pectoral-fin base. Juveniles are dark red with three white lines along the body, a white spot on the tip of the snout, and a black spot on the upper part of the caudal peduncle.

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Pink-banded Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus roseafascia Randall & Lubbock 1982

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Recorded from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea. Small groups inhabit deep reefs over rubble and coral bottoms in depths of 30-155 m. The species occurs elsewhere in the tropical southwest Pacific.


Dorsal fin XI, 9; Anal fin III, 9; Pectoral fin 15; lateral-line sca;les 16-18 + 6-9; Gill rakers (total first arch) 17-20. Central caudal-fin rays elongate.

Species Citation

Cirrhilabrus roseafascia Randall & Lubbock 1982: Occas. Pap. Bern. P. Bishop Mus. 25( 2): 9, Pl. 1 (fig. D) Type locality: Bulari Pass, south of Nouméa, New Caledonia, depth 100 m.


Bray, D.J. 2017

Pink-banded Fairy Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus roseafascia Randall & Lubbock 1982


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CAAB Code:37384218


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:30-155 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm TL

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