Redscale wrasse
  • Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis
  • EnglishName: Redscale wrasse
  • Local Name : Raiy hulhunbu hikaa
  • Size : Max. recorded 7.2 cm (standard length)
  • Family: Distinctive
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 11 spines and 9 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 9 rays. Pectoral fin with 15 rays. Body depth 3.5 in standard length. Eyes moderately large (diameter about 3.5 in standard length). Lateral line interrupted. Caudal fin rounded.
  • Colour: Females pink, shading to pale yellow below; yellow on top of head and dorsal fin. Males bright red anteriorly, pale yellow posteriorly; anterior parts of dorsal and anal fins bright orange-yellow.
  • Habitat and Biology: Occurs in small aggregations on outer reef slopes, in depths of over 30 m. Feeds on zooplankton above the bottom.
  • Distribution: Maldives, Chagos and Sri Lanka.
  • Remarks: Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis is probably fairly common in Maldives but it is rarely seen by divers because of its deep dwelling habitat. It appears to be more common in depths of 50-60 m.