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Fire! Cirrhilabrus shutmani is a hot new fairy wrasse.

By Leonard Ho - Posted Nov 01, 2017 09:00 AM
Yi-Kai Tea and Anthony Gill describe a new species of fairy wrasse that is without a doubt one of the reddest fish in the sea. The researchers bestowed it a most approproiate common name: the magma fairy wrasse.
Fire! Cirrhilabrus shutmani is a hot new fairy wrasse.

Cirrhilabrus shutmani sp nov. Photo by Barnett Shutman (the person for whom the fish is named)

C. shutmani was collected from steep, volcanic rubble slopes at Didicas Volcano, Babuyan Islands, Cagayan province, northern Philippines at a depth of 50–70 meters.

The new fairy wrasse is placed in the same complex as some other notable, rare, deep-water species: C. blatteus, C. claire, C. earlei, C. jordani, C. lanceolatus, C. roseafascia, C. rubrisquamis and C. sanguineus.  But unlike the other species in this complex, C. shutmani is completely devoid of any stripes of spots.  It is, quite simply, a very red fish.  And at the depth it's collected where red is as good as black, you can understand why this fish has evaded human observation for so long.

Etymology. Named in honour of Barnett Paul Shutman, who first provided photos as well as the type
specimens of the new species (via Aquarium Iwarna, Singapore). The common name, magma fairy wrasse, alludes to its live colouration, as well as the type location of Didicas Volcano, an active volcano part of the “Pacific Ring of Fire” at the southern end of the Luzon Volcanic Arc.

The new fiery species is described in ZooTaxa.

Also of interest is a possible new species from Ogasawara Islands (below) that the researchers have yet to describe.  It's quite a beauty, too, bearing resemblance to cross between C. claire and C. lanceolatus (at least to my untrained eye).

Undescribed Cirrhilabrus sp.  Photo by Photo by S. Kobayashi
Undescribed Cirrhilabrus sp. Photo by Photo by S. Kobayashi

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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