Dapple Coris (Coris variegata)

Also known as Batu Rainbow Wrasse, Dapple Coris, Dappled Wrasse, Pallid Wrasse, Sandreef Wrasse, Schroeder's Rainbow Wrasse, Schroeder's Wrasse, Variegated Rainbowfish, Variegated Wrasse, Yellow Wrasse

Description

Also known as Batu Rainbow Wrasse, Dapple Coris, Dappled Wrasse, Pallid Wrasse, Sandreef Wrasse, Schroeder's Rainbow Wrasse, Schroeder's Wrasse, Variegated Rainbowfish, Variegated Wrasse, Yellow Wrasse.

Found singly or in small schools over rubble and sand bottoms of clear lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on hard shell invertebrates.
Length - 20cm
Depth - 1-34m
Western Indian Ocean - Red Sea

Most reef fish seen by divers during the day are grazers, that cruise around just above the surface of the coral or snoop into crevices looking for algae, worms and small crustaceans.
Wrasses have small protruding teeth and graze the bottom taking in a variety of snails, worms, crabs, shrimps and eggs. Any hard coats or thick shells are then ground down by their pharyngeal jaws and the delicacies inside digested.
From juvenile to adult wrasses dramatically alter their colour and body shapes.
Wrasses are always on the go during the day, but are the first to go to bed and the last to rise.
Small wrasses dive below the sand to sleep and larger wrasses wedge themselves in crevasses. Ref: https://www.fishbase.in/summary/5485

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