Red Coris Wrasse (Coris gaimard)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Indian and Pacific Oceans
Depth: 10 to 165 ft. Size: 15.5 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 135+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Mollusks, crabs, tunicates
Natural History: The Red Coris Wrasse is found in mixed coral, rock, rubble, and sand areas of reef flats and lagoons. Its juvenile colors (shown) are markedly different from the adult. It pushes through sand and flips rocks and corals to find benthic crustaceans for food. Juveniles are red with large white dorsal spots. Adults are green, orange, and purple with scattered purple spots.
Husbandry: The Red Coris Wrasse is a burrowing species with special feeding requirements. It consumes many different types of benthic crustaceans, molluscs, and tube worms. It is generally not aggressive but because of its large size, large males may become aggressive toward other smaller fish. This species grows to a large size so its tank requirements as an adult are formidable at 135 gallons or more.
AKA: Yellowtail Coris
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