Tonozukai’s Fairy Wrasse

(Cirrhilabrus tonozukai)

Cirrhilabrus tonozukai is a species of fairy wrasse belonging to the family Labridae. Here are some key characteristics and information about Cirrhilabrus tonozukai:

  1. Appearance: Cirrhilabrus tonozukai is known for its vibrant coloration and distinct markings. It has a generally pink to reddish-pink body with a series of horizontal blue stripes running along its sides. The fins are typically adorned with blue, red, and yellow accents, adding to its striking appearance.
  2. Size: Fairy wrasses in the genus Cirrhilabrus are generally small, and C. tonozukai is no exception, typically reaching lengths of about 6-8 cm (2.5-3 inches).
  3. Distribution: This species is found in the Western Pacific Ocean, specifically around Japan, including the Ogasawara Islands and the Ryukyu Islands. It inhabits coral reefs and rocky areas with clear waters and strong currents.