Cirrhilabrus katoi Senou & Hirata, 2000
Cirrhilabrus katoi
photo by Senou, H.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Cheilininae
Max. size:  7.51 cm SL (male/unsexed); 4.93 cm SL (female)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 20 - 40 m
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: Japan.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 11-11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 9-9; Vertebrae: 25-25. Median predorsal scales 4-5; horizontal scale rows on cheek below eye 2; body depth 3.3-3.5 in SL; head length 2.5-2.9 in SL; snout length 3.1-3.7 in head; Head and body scarlet above level of lower margin of eye; lower part of body orange-yellow with five broken rose-pink lines; head with several, longitudinal, irregular rose pink lines or rows of spots (Ref. 36346).
Biology:  Observations at Kashiwa-jima Island and in adjacent waters showed the species to form aggregations comprising one or two males and several females, pairs, or solitary to several females. In some cases, single male appeared to maintain harems of several females. This species often forms aggregations with Cirrhilabrus cyanopleura, C. lunatus, C. rubrimarginatus and C. temminckii, over rocky substrata (Ref. 36346).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 25 March 2009 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Boden, Gert - 23.02.01

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