Coris batuensis (Bleeker, 1857)

Coris batuensis
Coris batuensis
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Location: 
N W Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Coris batuensis
Coris batuensis
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Thursday, 2 April 2015
Location: 
N W Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Common name: Variegated Wrasse
Distribution:

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.

Ecological Notes:

Inhabits clear seaward reefs to a depth of around 20m. Diet is a variety of benthic organisms including worms, molluscs and small fish.

Additional Notes:

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.