Lined Coris Wrasse (Coris ballieui)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Hawaiian Islands, Johnston Atoll
Depth: 60 to 479 ft. Size: 13 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Snails, bivalves, crabs chitons, isopods, amphipods, sea urchins
Natural History: The Lined Coris Wrasse is found over sand and rubble bottomed reef slopes. This species exhibits initial and terminal phase coloration phases. Initial phase fish are yellow overall with longitudinal maroon bands. Terminal phase males are yellowish overall with blue stripes and marks on their sides and head.
Husbandry: Lined Coris Wrasses are generally rare in the aquarium trade. It buries itself when threatened and at night so it should be kept in an aquarium with a sand bed. It is reported to accept a variety of aquarium foods. An adult male may be aggressive toward other wrasses.
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