Coris batuensis (Bleeker, 1856)
Batu coris
Variegated wrasse,  Batu rainbow-wrasse,  Pallid wrasse,  Schroeder's coris,  Schroeder's rainbow wrasse,  Variegated rainbowfish,  Yellow wrasse
Coris batuensis
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Corinae
Max. size:  17 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 2 - 30 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Marshall Islands, north to southern Japan, south to the Great Barrier Reef and Tonga.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 9-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 11-11. Greenish with pink markings on dark substrate. Very pale when on white sand substrates and dorsal spots is lost in large males (Ref. 48636).
Biology:  Inhabits clear lagoon and seaward reefs to over 15 m (Ref. 9710) and nearby sand-rubble bottoms at 2-30 m, solitarily or in small groups (Ref. 90102). Feeds on small crabs and gastropods.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 22 February 2009 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Reported from the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands (Ref. 75154). Museum: Queensland, Cape York, AMS I.20776-029. Murray I., QM I.84 (holotype Platyglossus punctatus). Endeavour River, AMS I.16362-001 (holotype of Coris pallida). Great Barrier Reef, Endeavour Reef, ANS P 113556. Lizard I., CAS 51811; QM I.19727; USNM 218086. Bushy I., QM I.13578. Chesterfield Reef (near Loop I.), QM I.19056. Fairfax Reef, AMS I.21490-043. Heron I., LACM 39985-45. One Tree I., AMS I.20205-033; USNM uncat. (Ref. 33411) (Ref. 9710).

Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 05.12.96
Modified by: Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz - 28.05.13
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 10.06.97

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