Tea et al. 2020

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Cirrhilabrus finifenmaa (Teleostei, Labridae), a new species of fairy wrasse from the Maldives, with comments on the taxonomic identity of C. rubrisquamis and C. wakanda

Tea YK, Najeeb A, Rowlett J, Rocha LA


Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis is redescribed on the basis of the juvenile holotype and compared to known spe- cies of Cirrhilabrus. Examination of material from the Maldives identified as C. rubrisquamis reveal differ- ences from the holotype collected from the Chagos Archipelago. Consequently, the Maldivian specimens are herein described as Cirrhilabrus finifenmaa sp. nov., on the basis of the holotype and twelve paratypes. The new species differs from all congeners in having: males with anterior third to half of body bright ma- genta, peach to orange-pink posteriorly; lateral line with 22–26 pored scales (16–18 in the dorso-anterior series, 6–8 in the posterior peduncular series); tenth to eleventh dorsal-fin spine longest (14.0–15.5% SL); scales on the opercle, chest, isthmus, and anterior third of the body with a dark purple-red central region (purple in alcohol), the markings joining appearing crosshatched; dorsal, caudal, anal, and pelvic-fin rays purple in alcohol. Meristic details and coloration patterns of C. rubrisquamis are very similar to C. wakanda from Tanzania, Africa, although synonymy of both species cannot be determined without additional mate- rial from Chagos. This potential synonymy is briefly discussed; however, until such material becomes avail- able, the taxonomic statuses of C. wakanda and C. rubrisquamis are here provisionally regarded as valid.

Depth range
35- 52 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
3 x (total of 6371 words)

* Reports new species
* Focused on 'mesophotic' depth range
* Focused on 'mesophotic coral ecosystem'



Republic of Maldives

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