Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 11 spines and 8-9 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 9 rays. Pectoral fin with 14-16 rays. Body depth 3.2-3.5 in standard length. Rear opercular margin finely serrate. Pupil of eye double. Caudal fin of juveniles rounded, of adults double emarginate.
Colour: Green-red with distinctive black spots on upper half of caudal peduncle. Red concentrated on head and in broad band over pectoral base. Fine blue line under eye, and under caudal peduncle spot; two blue lines obliquely across pectoral base. Males more colourful.
Habitat and Biology: Found on rubble bottoms in regions of current at depths of 6-32 m. Occurs in aggregations on reefs. Feeds on zooplankton.
Remarks: As the name suggests, Cirrhilabrus exquisitus is a beautiful wrasse. This species is very popular among aquarists.