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Watch out for Fairies
|Scott's fairy wrasse is one of many exquisite members of this genus of plankton-eating wrasses. To see more of these spectacular fishes check out this article and photo gallery! Photo by Scott W. Michael|
The genus Cirrhilabrus is the second largest genus in the wrasse family. Over 30 species are currently recognized, while several more are awaiting formal description. Even though these fishes are ubiquitous in much of the Indo-Pacific they are often overlooked by divers. They tend to inhabit coastal reefs and at the depths many species occur, their colors are more muted than when they are illuminated by a photographer's strobe. But many of the fairy wrasses are adorned with striking chromatic attire, and make stunning underwater photo subjects.
In this Coral Realm photo gallery you will see a stunning collection of 39 photos showing many of these beautiful wrasses (including some newly described as well as undescribed forms). This includes photos of rare species that scientists have recently named or have yet to describe. There is also information on the biology of the Cirrhilabrus. This is a must see for any fan of this genus, or anyone that loves beautiful fishes! So what are you waiting for...dive in!