African coris


  • Usually occurs singly.
  • Feeds on crustaceans and molluscs.


Terminal phase:
  • Body colour variable, red with shades of green or blue.
  • A vertical yellow to green bar on mid body.
  • Blue dots on rear body and tail base.
  • Caudal fin yellow.
Initial phase:
  • Head red. Anterior body greenish. Posterior body bluish.
  • Blue dots on rear body and tail base.
  • Dorsal and anal fins red.
  • Tail yellow.
  • Juvenile phase:
  • Body orange-red.
  • 5 black edged and vertically elongated white spots on body and head.

Common Name: African coris, Yellowtail coris

Family Common Name: Wrasses

Family: Labridae

Scientific Name: Coris gaimard___(Quoy & Gaimard, 1824)

Genus: Coris

Maximum Length: 40 cm (Total Length)