Lubbock’s Fairy Wrasse

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Cirrhilabrus lubbocki - Randall & Carpenter, 1980
Lubbock’s Fairy Wrasse

A hardy little species suitable for the reef aquarium. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This is one of the smaller and more durable members of the Cirrhilabrus clan. Although the females are not commonly collected, when they do show up, they are usually improperly labeled as “Red Fairy Wrasse” or even “Red Parrot Wrasse.” The females are similar to the Redfinned Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus rubripinnis), which is also sold under these common names. The male C. lubbocki exhibits several different color forms and phases; during courtship, it takes on a silvery blue coloration.

Family: Labridae

Other common name(s):

  • Lubbock's Wrasse

Native range:

Habitat: In nature, this species if found in moderately large groups in outer reefs over bottom of coral rubble or heads of small finely branched coral.

Maximum length: 9 cm (4 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 114 L (30 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Meaty foods, including finely shredded frozen seafood, mysid shrimp, frozen preparations, pigment-enriched flake food, and Cyclop-eeze. Feed at least twice a day.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

It can be kept singly in small reefs or in groups in tanks as small as 135 gallons (513 L). It will not harm corals or other invertebrates.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Lubbock’s Fairy WrasseRDF feed
Common name Lubbock’s Fairy Wrasse  +, and Lubbock's Wrasse  +
Family Labridae  +
Genus Cirrhilabrus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 4 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 30 gal  +
Native range Philippines  +, and Celebes  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name lubbocki  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +