Coris cuvieri (Bennett, 1831)
photo by Field, R.

Family:  Labridae (Wrasses), subfamily: Corinae
Max. size:  38 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 50 m
Distribution:  Indian Ocean: Red Sea and along the southern Arabian Peninsula south to Zanzibar and South Africa (30°S) and east to the Laccadive Archipelago, Chagos Archipelago, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and the Similan Islands, eastern Andaman Sea.
Biology:  Inhabits exposed outer reef flats and lagoon and seaward reefs, in areas of mixed sand, coral and rubble (Ref. 9710). Juveniles occur in small tide pools, exposed reef flats with algae-rubble. Generally solitary (Ref. 5213). Feeds mainly on hard-shelled prey, including crustaceans, mollusks and sea urchins (Ref. 5374). Turns over rocks to prey on hiding invertebrates (Ref. 11441). Young look very different (Ref. 1623).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 19 February 2009 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 07.06.99
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 15.07.13

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