Coris aygula Lacep├Ęde, 1801
Clown coris
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Coris aygula
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Corinae
Max. size:  120 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 30 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa (Ref. 4392) to the Line and Ducie islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe and Rapa islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 12-12. Caudal fin slightly rounded in females, truncate and with filamentous rays in large males; pelvic fins of males very long. Large males also become uniformly dark-green and develop a gibbus forehead and an elongate first dorsal spine (Ref. 1602). Juveniles distinct with the false eyes, shaded by orange (Ref. 48636).
Biology:  Occurs in the vicinity of sand or rubble patches of exposed outer reef flats, lagoon reefs, and seaward reefs (Ref. 1602), often in semi-exposed surge zones (Ref. 48636). Adults solitary. Juveniles common in shallow tide pools (Ref. 30573). Feeds mainly on hard-shelled invertebrates including crustaceans, mollusks and sea urchins (Ref. 9823). Minimum depth reported from Ref. 27115. Randall (1999, Ref. 33411) question identity of specimens exceeding 70 cm.
IUCN Red List Status: (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Reported from Puerto Galera, Mindoro; Bennett I., Masbate; Bantayan I., Cebu; and Batanes Is. (17 specimens collected in 1987), Lanuza Bay (Ref. 104756), Bongo Island, Moro Gulf (Ref. 106380), and Bantayan Is. in northern Cebu (Ref. 114734). Museum: Bulan I., between Basilan and Jolo, USNM 152162 (Ref. 33411). Reported from Tubbataha Reefs (Ref. 53416) and Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon (Ref. 58652).

Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 10.06.92
Modified by: Santos, Kristine - 28.11.03
Checked by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 04.05.95

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