Coris formosa 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Labridae

Scientific Name: Coris formosa (Bennett, 1830)
Common Name(s):
English Queen coris, Red wrasse
French Girelle reine, Tamarin
Spanish Doncella reina
Coris frerei Günther, 1867
Coris frerei Günther, 1867
Coris freri Günther, 1867
Coris freri Günther, 1867
Coris halei Day, 1888
Coris halei Day, 1888
Labrus formosus Bennett, 1830
Labrus formosus Bennett, 1830

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-22
Assessor(s): Craig, M.T.
Reviewer(s): Rocha, L.A. & Carpenter, K.E.
This species is common throughout its western Indian Ocean range. It is occasionally utilized in the aquarium trade both as adults and, more commonly, as juveniles. This level of utilization is not considered a major threat to the species, and it is therefore listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is distributed in the western Indian Ocean from Oman and the southern Red Sea to South Africa and east to Sri Lanka. It is also found in Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius.
Countries occurrence:
British Indian Ocean Territory; Comoros; Djibouti; Eritrea; India; Kenya; Madagascar; Maldives; Mauritius; Mayotte; Mozambique; Oman; Réunion; Seychelles; Somalia; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Tanzania, United Republic of; Yemen
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – southeast; Indian Ocean – western; Indian Ocean – eastern
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):30
Upper depth limit (metres):1
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Population [top]

Population:There is no explicit data available on population trends. This is an uncommon species (J.H. Choat pers. comm. 2009).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species inhabits sand and rubble areas adjacent to coral reefs in depths from 2 to 30 m. It maintains harems with a dominant male and several smaller females and is likely a protogynous hermaphrodite, but primarily literature to confirm this could not be found. This species feeds on micro-zoobenthos.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is utilized occasionally in the aquarium trade, both as adults, and more commonly as juveniles. The preferred aquarium species is the closely related Coris gaimard, however juveniles of these two species are difficult to differentiate, thus both species may be taken and sold as “Yellowtail Coris” or “Coris Wrasse”. In 2009, retail prices for “Coris Wrasse” were between $25-$35 USD.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is occasionally taken in the aquarium trade, but this is not considered to be a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The range of this species overlaps some marine protected areas.

Citation: Craig, M.T. 2010. Coris formosa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187664A8594629. . Downloaded on 27 May 2018.
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