Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Labridae
(Wrasses) > Cheilininae
Etymology: Cirrhilabrus: Latin, cirrus = curl fringe + Greek, labros = furious (Ref. 45335); cenderawasih: Named for its type locality, Cenderawasih Bay; noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 22 - 60 m (Ref. 75881). Tropical
Western Pacific: Indonesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75881); 4.7 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 9. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D XI, 9; A III, 9; pectoral rays 15; lateral-line scales 14-16 + 6-9; median predorsal scales 5; horizontal scale rows on cheek below eye 2; gill rakers 14-17; body depth 2.9-3.2 in SL; head length 2.9-3.2 in SL; snout length 3.8-4.7 in head; males' caudal fin strongly lunate with produced lobes; pelvic fins relatively short, not reaching anal fin origin when depressed; live colour pattern features of males include a pink overall coloration with broad, irregular yellow stripe or rectangular blotch on middle of side, and series of 4-5 large, irregular black blotches along back, extending on to adjacent basal portion of dorsal fin; female mainly reddish pink with pupil sized black spot on upper caudal peduncle (Ref. 75881).
This species is common on sheltered seaward reefs, primarily on the inner and eastern portions of the Cenderawasih Bay at depths between about 22 to 60 m, although it is more abundant below about 35 m. Observed to be in groups of about 10 to 20 individuals, including one to five males, and were typically encountered on rubble slopes or on rubble substrates at the base of slopes. Apparently feeds on zooplankton, which is typical for the genus, at a short distance above the bottom (Ref. 75881).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
Allen, G.R. and M.V. Erdmann, 2006. Cirrhilabrus cenderawasih, a new wrasse (Pisces: Labridae) from Papua, Indonesia. Aqua J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 11(3):125-131. (Ref. 75881)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 27.2 - 28.5, mean 28.1 (based on 15 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01585 (0.00719 - 0.03491), b=2.96 (2.77 - 3.15), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (14 of 100) .