The Newest Fairy Wrasse!
11 May, 2018
Meet the Blue Throat Fairy Wrasse
May 11, 2018
BREAKING NEWS: This just in: The new, gorgeous, and aptly-named Blue Throat Wrasse, Cirrhilabrus cyanogularis, has just been introduced by authors Yi-Kai Tea, Benjamin W. Frable, and Anthony C. Gill. This new species is described from specimens collected in the Philippines and Indonesia. The species description is freely available as an open-access article via Zootaxa.
When I discussed this discovery with lead author Yi-Kai Tea (a.k.a. “Lemon” in most aquarium circles), he shared some interesting personal insights about the discovery and what it means for the Labridae/Wrasse family.
“I originally thought this was a hybrid, years ago when I saw photos of it. But after encountering so many specimens, I realized it’s a new species.
“It’s also one of four species in the Rubripinnis Complex (species closely resembling Cirrhilabrus rubripinnis), and one of 16 fairy wrasses with an apomorphic character—having one row of cheek scales instead of the usual two.
“This is the 59th species of fairy wrasse, which makes Cirrhilabrus the largest genus of labrid at this time.”
You can view many more images of male Blue Throat Fairy Wrasses in the Zootaxa Publication: Cirrhilabrus cyanogularis, a new species of fairy wrasse from the Philippines and Indonesia (Teleostei: Labridae)
Meet Coradion calendula, the charismatic new Australian "Marigold" Butterflyfish
Stunning new-to-science fairy wrasse is first-ever fish described by a Maldivian scientist
The newest wrasse species is the "Flava Coris"
Renewed Interest in Mystery Dwarf Angel from Fiji
Breathtaking New Caribbean Damsel Species Described
Another Eviota Goby Species is Scientifically Described
Genetics Investigation Reveals New Blenny Species
Vibranium Fairy Wrasse: An Exciting New Fish Species
Fall in Love with Corazon's Damselfish
Meet the Newest Damsel, the Moonstone Chromis