Goldlined Wrasse, Coris aurilineata Randall & Kuiter 1982

Other Names: Goldlined Coris, Yellow-lined Coris, Yellow-lined Rainbow-wrasse

A Goldlined Wrasse, Coris aurilineata, at North Rock, New South Wales - 27 April 2014. Source: Ian V. Shaw. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial


Females are greenish above with narrow orange-yellow and bluish-green stripes, a blue-edged black spot at upper caudal-fin base and a large blue-edged black spot at soft dorsal-fin base.

Males are similar to females with more intense bluish-green to green stripes, pale greenish bars along the upper sides, a deep green spot on the pectoral-fin base, and no black spot on the dorsal fin.

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Bray, D.J. 2019, Coris aurilineata in Fishes of Australia, accessed 23 Sep 2023,

Goldlined Wrasse, Coris aurilineata Randall & Kuiter 1982

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Recorded in Australia from Lindeman Island, Queensland, to Jervis Bay, New South Wales. Inhabits shallow sandy and rubble areas with algal cover in depths of 1-10 metres.


Dorsal fin IX, 12; Anal fin III, 12.

Species Citation

Coris aurilineata Randall & Kuiter, 1982, Pacific Science 36(2): 164, pl. IB-C, fig. 2. Type locality: Keppell Island, QLD, 7 m. [23°08'S, 150°56'E].


Bray, D.J. 2019


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Goldlined Wrasse, Coris aurilineata Randall & Kuiter 1982


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CAAB Code:37384089


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-10 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:14 cm TL

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