Eastern King Wrasse, Coris sandeyeri (Hector 1884)

Other Names: King Wrasse, Sandager's Wrasse

A male Eastern King Wrasse, Coris sandeyeri, in Jervis Bay, New South Wales, 3 April 2016. Source: John Turnbull / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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Eastern King Wrasse, Coris sandeyeri (Hector 1884)

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Broughton Island to Montague Island, New South Wales, and eastern Victoria; also at Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island in the Tasman Sea. the species also occurs in New Zealand.

Species Citation

Cymolutes sandeyeri Hector 1884, Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 16(25): 323. Type locality: Tiritiri Island, Auckland, New Zealand.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Eastern King Wrasse, Coris sandeyeri (Hector 1884)


Allen, G.R., Hoese, D.F., Paxton, J.R., Randall, J.E., Russell, B.C., Starck, W.A., Talbot, F.H. & Whitley, G.P. 1976. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Lord Howe Island. Records of the Australian Museum 30(15): 365-454 figs 1-2 

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Francis, M. 1993. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 136-170 figs 1-2 

Hector, J. 1884. Notes on New Zealand ichthyology. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 16(25): 322-323 

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Kuiter, R.H. 2002. Fairy & Rainbow Wrasses and their Relatives. Chorleywood, U.K. : TMC Publishing 207 pp. 

Kuiter, R.H. 2010. Labridae fishes: wrasses. Seaford, Victoria, Australia : Aquatic Photographics pp. 398. 

Ogilby, J.D. 1888. On a small zoological collection from Norfolk Island. Fishes. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 2 2(4): 990-993 (described as Coris trimaculata

Phillipps, W.J. 1927. Bibliography of New Zealand fishes. New Zealand Marine Department Fisheries Bulletin 1: 1-68 (as Coris sandageri)

Ramsay, E.P. & Ogilby, J.D. 1886. Description of a new Coris. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1 10(4): 851-852 (described as Coris rex)

Randall, J.E. 1999. Revision of the Indo-Pacific labrid fishes of the genus Coris, with descriptions of five new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes 29: 1-74 pls 1-7 pls 1-22 

Russell, B.C. 2011. Coris sandageri, an unjustified emendation of Coris sandeyeri (Hector 1884) (Pisces, Labridae). Zootaxa 3085: 34–40 

Russell, B.C. 2015. Tribe Julidini and Tribe Pseudolabrini. pp. 1374-1403 in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. (eds). The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 4 pp. 1153-1748. 

Whitley, G.P. 1955. Sidelights on New Zealand Ichthyology. The Australian Zoologist 12(2): 110-119 fig. 6

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CAAB Code:37384097

Depth:0-30 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:50 cm

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