Cirrhilabrus morrisoni Allen, 1999
Morrison's wrasse
Cirrhilabrus morrisoni
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Cheilininae
Max. size:  5.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 23 - 35 m
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: known only from northwestern Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 11-11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 9-9; Vertebrae: 25-25. Median predorsal scales 5; a single scale row on cheek; first two dorsal spines in males elevated, forming elongate pennant-like structure, its length 1.6-2.7 in head; caudal fin rounded in juveniles, females, and small males, rhomboid in larger males; pelvic fins of males long and club-shaped, 1.1-1.2 in HL; male reddish or pale orange grading to purple posteriorly on upper two-thirds of head and body with blackish dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins and iridescent blue spots on caudal fin; females mainly reddish; base of pectoral fin black in males and yellow in females.
Biology:  Occurs inshore (Ref. 75154). Common over flat bottoms covered with dense Halimeda (Ref. 31119) at depths 23-35 m. Forms mixed aggregations with an undescribed Paracheilinus
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 25 March 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 13.07.02
Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 11.12.08

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