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  Yellowtail Coris (Coris gaimard)





Yellowtail Coris | Coris gaimard photo
Yellowtail Coris

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YELLOWTAIL CORIS FACTS

Description
The Yellowtail Coris is red to green with small bright blue spots on the body. The head is brownish with orange lines. The tail is yellow. Large males develop a green bar on the body. Juveniles are red or orange with three white saddles with black margins on the back, and two smaller saddle shaped markings on the head.

Size
length to 40cm

Habitat
coral, sand and rubble areas of coral reefs and lagoons.

Range
Found in tropical marine water of the Western and Central Pacific. In Australia it is found from north-western Western Australia and from northern Queensland to the central coast of New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Labridae
Genus:Coris
Species:gaimard
Common Name:Yellowtail Coris