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New species: Cirrhilabrus greeni

New species: Cirrhilabrus greeni

Gerald R. Allen and Michael P. Hammer have described a new wrasse species: Cirrhilabrus greeni. This small wrasse originates from the Timor Sea, Northern Territory Australia. As many wrasses this species has very striking colours. Cirrhilabrus greeni is red on top and yellow at the bottom.  They are named after Tim Green, he collected the type specimens.

Cirrhilabrus greeni - Man - Holotype

Cirrhilabrus greeni – Man – Holotype

Cirrhilabrus greeni - Vrouw - Paratype

Cirrhilabrus greeni – Vrouw – Paratype

Cirrhilabrus greeni, a new species of wrasse (Pisces: Labridae) from the Timor Sea, northern Australia

Gerald R. Allen & Michael P. Hammer

Abstract

A new species of labrid fish, the Sunset Fairy-wrasse, Cirrhilabrus greeni n. sp., is described from seven specimens, 39.4–47.3 mm SL, collected from the eastern Timor Sea, Northern Territory, Australia. The species is clearly distinguished by its terminal-phase male color pattern, consisting of pink to reddish hues on the upper half of the head and body and yellow on the lower half, in combination with a mainly yellow-orange dorsal fin and a scarlet-red anal fin. The caudal fin of the male is particularly distinctive, being emarginate but appearing lunate due to a clear central portion and tapering red bands along dorsal and ventral margins. Females can be distinguished from sympatric congeners by having a large black spot on the upper caudal peduncle. Sequencing of the mtDNA-barcode marker COI reveals that the new species has identical sequences to C. rubripinnis and C. aff. tonozukai from the Philippines, which have very different color patterns and tail shapes from the new species, indicating the new species has diverged recently and/or there is historic or episodic hybridization within the species complex.

CITATION:

Allen, G.R. & Hammer, M.P. (2017) Cirrhilabrus greeni, a new species of wrasse (Pisces: Labridae) from the Timor Sea, northern Australia. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, 29, 55–65.

http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1115674

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