Pixy Wrasse, Coris pictoides Randall & Kuiter 1982

Other Names: Blackstripe Coris, Black-striped Wrasse, Pixie Coris, Pixy Rainbow-wrasse

A Pixy Wrasse, Coris pictoides, at Komodo, Manggarai, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A whitish wrasse with a broad black stripe along the upper sides containing a narrow white stripe, yellow fins and a yellow iris. Male are yellowish below and have a reddish basal stripe on the dorsal fin and caudal-fin base. Juveniles have a large blue and black ocellus on the dorsal fin.

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Dianne J. Bray, Coris pictoides in Fishes of Australia, accessed 30 Nov 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2285

Pixy Wrasse, Coris pictoides Randall & Kuiter 1982

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Recorded in Australia from the Dampier Archipelago, Monte Bello Islands, and Rowley Shoals, WA, and Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, to Sydney, NSW, and Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs, Tasman Sea. Found elsewhere in the West-Pacific from Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and New Caledonia.

Inhabits sandy and rubble areas near reefs and in shallow estuaries and lagoons, although the species is at depths below 20 m.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin IX, 12; Anal fin III, 12; Vertebrae 25. 


Dianne J. Bray

Pixy Wrasse, Coris pictoides Randall & Kuiter 1982


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CAAB Code:37384096

Biology:Able to change sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:9-55 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:15 cm TL

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