The Maldives is home to the finest beaches and resorts, and a rare rainbow-colored fish called rose-veiled fairy wrasse. The fish, whose scientific name is Cirrhilabrus finifenmaa, was found living at depths ranging from 131 to 229 feet (40 to 70 meters) beneath the ocean’s surface.

Rose-veiled fairy wrasse is the first fish to be described by a Maldivian scientist—Ahmed Najeeb. The fish was first found in 1990, but researchers thought it was an adult belonging to Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis, or the red velvet fairy wrasse. The rose-veiled fairy wrasse adult males bear a unique color pattern of bright magenta, peach, orange-pink, and dark purplish-red.

A study describing the fish can be found in the journal ZooKeys. The Maldives Marine Research Institute, together with The California Academy of Sciences, will continue to explore more Maldivian reefs in the future.