Coris gaimard (Quoy and Gaimard, 1824)
Common throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the tropical West Pacific, central New South Wales to Southern Japan, Micronesia and East Indian Ocean. In Australia recorded from the North West shelf region of Western Australia, Queensland south to northern New South Wales and including Lord Howe Island.
Frequents rocky reef and slopes to at least 50m. Juveniles often in shallow water, hiding in crevices and caves when threatened.
Juvenile shown in top photograph, intermediate phase in middle, adult at bottom. Constantly moves over the substrate, feeds on small invertebrates. Grows to 35 - 40cm.