Coris batuensis (Bleeker, 1857)
Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Widespread Indo-Pacific, East Africa to Marshall Islands, north to southern Japan, south to the Great Barrier Reef and Tonga. In Australia recorded from Queensland south to northern NSW.
Inhabits clear seaward reefs to a depth of around 20m. Diet is a variety of benthic organisms including worms, molluscs and small fish.
Distinguishing marks include dark spot behind eye on the gill cover (operculum) and elongated black spot at the pectoral fin base. Ocelli on the dorsal fin fade with age, juvenile in lower photograph. Grows to 18cm.