Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Inhabits mixed coral, rubble, and sand slopes along the bases of steep protected seaward reefs (Ref. 37816).
  • Randall, J.E. and R.L. Pyle 2001 Three new species of labrid fishes of the genus Cirrhilabrus from islands of the tropical Pacific. Aqua J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 4(3):89-98. (Ref. 41654)
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Distribution

Range Description

This species is found in Palau and the Marshall Islands.
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Western Pacific: Western Caroline Islands.
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Western Central Pacific: Palau.
  • Randall, J.E. and R.L. Pyle 2001 Three new species of labrid fishes of the genus Cirrhilabrus from islands of the tropical Pacific. Aqua J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 4(3):89-98. (Ref. 41654)
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Analspines: 3; Analsoft rays: 9; Vertebrae: 25
  • Randall, J.E. and R.L. Pyle 2001 Three new species of labrid fishes of the genus Cirrhilabrus from islands of the tropical Pacific. Aqua J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 4(3):89-98. (Ref. 41654)
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Size

Max. size

6.9 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 41654))
  • Randall, J.E. and R.L. Pyle 2001 Three new species of labrid fishes of the genus Cirrhilabrus from islands of the tropical Pacific. Aqua J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 4(3):89-98. (Ref. 41654)
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Diagnostic Description

Median predorsal scales 4-5; horizontal rows of scales on cheeks 2; dorsal fin with progressively longer spines; interspinous membranes of dorsal fin of males not extending above spine tips; caudal fin rounded to rhomboid; pelvic fin short, 4.05-4.9 in SL. Color in life pale red, shading to pale yellow on abdomen, with deep red longitudinal lines on body following scale rows; 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.
  • Randall, J.E. and R.L. Pyle 2001 Three new species of labrid fishes of the genus Cirrhilabrus from islands of the tropical Pacific. Aqua J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 4(3):89-98. (Ref. 41654)
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Type Information

Paratype for Cirrhilabrus earlei Randall & Pyle
Catalog Number: USNM 361530
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): R. Pyle
Year Collected: 1997
Locality: Palau, Augulpelu Reef, W. Side, Shelf With Small Caves, Palau Islands, Palau, Caroline Islands, Pacific
Depth (m): 92 to 92
  • Paratype: Randall, J. E. & Pyle, R. L. 2001. Aqua: Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology. 4 (3): 93, fig. 2.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits reef and rubble from 55 to 92 m, including mixed coral, rubble, and sand slopes along the bases of steep protected seaward reefs.

Systems
  • Marine
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Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 60 - 92 m (Ref. 41654)
  • Randall, J.E. and R.L. Pyle 2001 Three new species of labrid fishes of the genus Cirrhilabrus from islands of the tropical Pacific. Aqua J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 4(3):89-98. (Ref. 41654)
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Depth range based on 5 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 5 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 83.8 - 92
  Temperature range (°C): 23.061 - 26.059
  Nitrate (umol/L): 1.349 - 4.047
  Salinity (PPS): 34.621 - 34.754
  Oxygen (ml/l): 3.888 - 4.247
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.275 - 0.466
  Silicate (umol/l): 3.048 - 4.910

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 83.8 - 92

Temperature range (°C): 23.061 - 26.059

Nitrate (umol/L): 1.349 - 4.047

Salinity (PPS): 34.621 - 34.754

Oxygen (ml/l): 3.888 - 4.247

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.275 - 0.466

Silicate (umol/l): 3.048 - 4.910
 
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2010

Assessor/s
Rocha, L.

Reviewer/s
Craig, M.T. & Carpenter, K.E.

Contributor/s

Justification
This species is common in deep reefs in Palau and the Marshall Islands. Even though this species is commercialized in the aquarium trade, it is not commonly traded and does not reach a very high value. It is listed as Least Concern.
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Population

Population
This species is common on slopes of rubble and sand bottoms. Currently, population size or trends have not been assessed. This species is not present in FAO global production estimates.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no known major threats to this species. It is exploited in the aquarium trade, although it is not commonly traded.
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Least Concern (LC)
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no known species specific conservation measures for this species. However, this species may be protected in marine reserves in parts of its range.
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