Hooded Fairy Wrasse

(Cirrhilabrus bathyphilus)

Cirrhilabrus bathyphilus is a species of fish belonging to the family Labridae, commonly known as the hooded fairy wrasse. Here are some key characteristics of Cirrhilabrus bathyphilus:

  1. Appearance: Hooded fairy wrasses are known for their vibrant and striking coloration. They typically have a reddish to pinkish body with iridescent blue markings, especially on the head and fins. The males are more colorful than females, exhibiting a more pronounced contrast of colors.
  2. Distribution: This species is found in the deep waters of the Western Pacific Ocean, particularly around coral reefs and drop-offs. They inhabit depths ranging from around 100 meters (330 feet) to deeper than 200 meters (660 feet), making them less commonly seen by divers and snorkelers.
  3. Habitat: Cirrhilabrus bathyphilus prefers rocky or coral-rich areas in deep waters where they can find shelter and feed on small invertebrates and zooplankton. They are known to be solitary or found in small groups.
  4. Behavior: Like other fairy wrasses, Cirrhilabrus bathyphilus is generally peaceful towards other fish species but can display territorial behavior towards conspecifics (members of the same species). They spend much of their time swimming among the rocks and corals, darting out to feed and then quickly retreating to cover.