Cirrhilabrus earlei Randall & Pyle, 2001
Orange-striped wrasse
photo by Tanaka, H.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Cheilininae
Max. size:  6.91 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 60 - 92 m
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Palau and Micronesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 11-11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 9-9; Vertebrae: 25-25. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D XI,9; A III,9; pectoral fin rays 15; dorsal fin with progressively longer spine where the 11th is 2.4-2.6 in head; in males the interspinous membranes do not extend above the spine tips; pelvic fins of male short 4.05-4.9 in SL; rounded to rhomboid caudal fin; lateral line scales 16-17 + 5-6; median predorsal scales 4-5; cheeks with 2 horizontal rows of scales; colour in life pale red, shading to pale yellow on abdomen, with deep red longitudinal lines on body following scale rows (persists as lavender to purple when preserved); head with two deep pink bands, one from upper lip passing over eye to origin of dorsal fin, the other from lower lip along mandible to corner or preopercle; operculum yellow; dorsal fin yellow anteriorly with a black spot on first membrane, spines red; rest of fin and caudal fin light red with deep red rays; pelvic fins yellow with red spines and rays (Ref. 41654).
Biology:  Inhabits mixed coral, rubble, and sand slopes along the bases of steep protected seaward reefs (Ref. 37816).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 25 March 2009 Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 23.06.02

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