Cirrhilabrus lineatus

Bluelined wrasse | Lavender Fairy-wrasse | Purplelined Wrasse
Cirrhilabrus lineatus
Cirrhilabrus lineatus, Photo: Graham Edgar


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Male colourful with yellow over back and bright blue stripes, one on back below dorsal fin and one on belly, and blue lines extending from behind eye breaking into dots along body. Female lavender pink fading to pale yellow or white on underside and lacking bottom blue stripe.


Max Size: 12 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 24.6-29.4°C

Depth: 1-55m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (3.8% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Many (23 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields