Coris gaimard (Quoy and Gaimard, 1824)

Coris gaimard
Coris gaimard
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Monday, 14 April 2014
Location: 
NW Solitary Island
Depth: 
9m
Additional Notes: 

Small juvenile pictured here.

Coris gaimard
Coris gaimard
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 18 January 2008
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Additional Notes: 

Larger juvenile pictured here.

Coris gaimard
Coris gaimard
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 6 May 2017
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
14m
Additional Notes: 

Adult pictured here.

Common name: Clown Wrasse
Distribution:

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.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents rocky reef and slopes to at least 50m. Juveniles often in shallow water, hiding in crevices and caves when threatened.

Additional Notes:

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.