Coris picta (Bloch and Schneider, 1801)

Coris picta
Coris picta
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 17 September 2011
Location: 
SW Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Coris picta
Coris picta
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 10 June 2003
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
19m
Additional Notes: 

Juvenile shown above.

Common name: Comb Wrasse
Distribution:

Abundant throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Only known from the Western Pacific and eastern Australia, southern Queensland to northern Victoria, Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands, the Kermadec Islands and New Zealand.

Ecological Notes:

Frequent coastal and offshore reefs, rocks adjacent to sand. Juveniles enter estuaries and harbours. Depth to at least 25m.

Additional Notes:

Wide black stripe with comb like bottom edge on adults. Juveniles with wide black stripe from snout to tail tip. Similar Labroides dimidiatus has tapering black stripe, same width as eye and broadening at the tail. Usually seen in small to large groups, juveniles observed regularly cleaning other species. Will follow divers across the substrate, feeding on disturbed invertebrates. Grows to 25 cm.

References:

R. Stuart-Smith, G. Edgar, A. Green, I. Shaw, Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland Publishers, 2015. p305.
FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/Coris-picta.html. Accessed 23/05/18.