Coris caudimacula (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
Coris caudimacula (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Coris caudimacula

English Name: Spottail coris

Creole Name: Tanmaren

French Name: Girelle à tache caudale

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 9; Dorsal rays: 12; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 12.

Moderately slender wrasse, dorsal profile of head somewhat convex. 2 prominent canines at front of each jaw, subsequent teeth gradually smaller in size 
along each jaw. First dorsal spine moderately prolonged in adults. Second spine longer than 3rd. Pelvic fins do not reach origin of anal fin. Caudal fin 

Colour: 4 salmon pink stripes on body, the lowermost broken into irregular spots posteriorly. Head with irregular bands and a black spot, edged posteriorly
with yellow, on opercular flap. Variable colouration including green, white, orange and pink, often lighter ventrally. Broad dark bars may be present on 
upper side. A large diffuse blackish spot at base of caudal fin. Outer part of first 2 interspinous membranes od dorsal fin blackish.   


Maturity: Unknown. Max length: 20.0 cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits areas of sand and rubble near coral in lagoons, bays and protected seasward reefs (depth 1-57 m). Feeds on benthic organisms including small 
crustaceans and molluscs. Oviparous, forms pairs during breeding.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is not subject to the artisanal fishery.


Photographed off northwest coast of Mahé, Seychelles.


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