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Elegant Coris Wrasse   (Coris venusta)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Hawaiian Islands
Depth: 7 to 33 ft.   Size: 7 in.   Jumps: Yes   Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Caution
Diet: Snails, bivalves, crabs chitons, isopods, amphipods, sea urchins
Natural History: The Elegant Coris is found is found over sand and rubble on shallow reefs. This species exhibits different juvenile and terminal phase coloration. Juveniles are largely organe with a black spot on the rear margin of the operculum. Terminal phase individuals are darker with orange and green alternating bands of color.
Husbandry: The Elegant Coris is considered a hardy aquarium species. It does not get as large as many of its relatives and is a much better candidate for a reef tank since it cannot move rock like its close relatives. It will eat ornamental shrimp, snails, and worms.

AKA: Elegant Coris

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