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The Red Coris originates from Southeast Asia and the central Pacific.  It is also known as the Yellowtail Coris. The most distinctive feature of this fish is the changes in appearance that it progresses through from juvenile to adult.  Juveniles are a solid red color with several white black-rimmed saddles along the dorsal rim.  As it changes to adult, all young develop as females with tiny blue spots over the entire body against a black background and then develop bright yellow tails.  The head develops green lines against a red face.  In the adult stage, males develop with a dark gray coloration and a barely noticeable green vertical bar behind the gills.  Some specimens turn more orange.  Females end up mainly a dark blue fringed in red.

 

Scientific Name: Coris gaimard

Origin: Fiji, Indonesia, Solomon Islands

Lifespan: 5 years

Max Size: 15 inches

Food: Live, Frozen and Flake