Cirrhilabrus exquisitus   Smith,  1957 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: Max length 12.0 cm SL (male/unsexed)

Color: Yellowish to light yellowish green; sides of head and back slightly brownish, lower half of head and chest brownish. A greenish brown band laterally from opercle to caudal peduncle. A black blotch on the upper part of caudal peduncle. Dorsal and anal transparent, brownish basally, a dark spot between last dorsal spine and first three dorsal rays and dark markings on posterior rays of both fins. Dorsal edge of pectoral base blackish.

Head 3.0-3.2 in standard length, 3.6-3.8 in total length. Depth of body 3.2-3.4 in standard length, 3.9-4.3 in total length. Snout 3.6-4.0 in head. Eye diameter equal to snout and 0.9-1.1 in interorbital space. Pectoral fin shorter than head without snout. Ventral fin slightly longer than postorbital part of head. Hind margin of preopercle finely serrated. Teeth in a single series in jaws; three pairs of canines anteriorly in the upper jaw, the anteriormost pair vertical and the other two pairs slightly directed outwards; one pair of short canines anteriorly in the lower jaw. A row of elongated scales along the base of dorsal and anal. Lateral line interrupted.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: XI, 9; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 9; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 13-14; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 17-18+7-9; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 2+1+6-7.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Cirrhilabrus exquisitus Smith, 1957
Cirrhilabrus exquistius Smith, 1957

Common Name (s)
• Exquisite Wrasse (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Zooplankton


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Jones, S. (1969) Catalogue of fishes from the Laccadive Archipelago in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 8 1-35 Available at -

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