Morphology Data of Cirrhilabrus marjorie
Identification keys
Main Ref. Allen, G.R., J.E. Randall and B.A. Carlson, 2003
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance always different morphology between mature adults
Different colors always different colors between mature adults
Remarks Males are distinctively patterned with a brilliant red back and bold black margins on the dorsal and caudal fins.

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section compressed
Dorsal head profile more or less straight
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth terminal

Diagnosis: Dorsal rays XI, 9; anal rays III, 9; pectoral rays 15; lateral line scales 16 + 7; median predorsal scales 5; horizontal scale rows on cheek below eye 2; gill rakers 18 - 19; body depth 3.1 - 3.2 in SL; head length 3.1 - 3.2 in SL; snout length 3.5 - 4.0 in head; caudal fin of females truncate to slightly emarginate, that of males lunate; pelvic fins of both sexes relatively short, not reaching anal fin origin when depressed; diagnostic live color pattern features of males include brilliant red upper half of head and body, greyish white lower, with four or five purplish stripes on lower half of body, yellow caudal fin, and bold black margins on dorsal and caudal fins; females mainly reddish pink with large and caudal fins; females mainly reddish pink with large black spot at base of uppermost caudal fin rays (Ref. 52303).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Cirrhilabrus marjorie

Lateral Lines 1 Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 11 - 11
Soft-rays total 9 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 9 - 9

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Spines     0
Soft-rays   15 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    thoracic  behind origin of D1
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Busson, Frédéric
Modified by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
Checked by Busson, Frédéric
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