Clown CorisCoris aygula

  • Fringing Reef
  • Labridae
  • Clown Coris
  • Lagoon coral patches


 Coris aygula, from the order of Perciformes and family of Labridae (Wrasses) is also known as the Clown coris, Clown wrasse, False clown wrasse, Humphead wrasse or Twinspot wrasse. It has a total of 9 dorsal spines, 12 to 13 dorsal soft rays, 3 anal spines and 12 anal soft rays. The females have a slightly more rounded caudal fin. The males have long pelvic fins. Large males become dark green in colour, with a gibbus forehead and an elongated first dorsal spine. Juveniles are distinct with false, orange shaded eyes[1].


[1] ‘Coris Aygula Summary Page’.

Habitat and ecology

This species is present across the Indo-Pacific region. It is found on rocky or coral covered reefs of lagoons and on outer slopes. It is often seen near drop offs and steep slopes. The recorded depth range is between 3 to 45m. The Clown coris are also found on exposed outer reef flats, lagoon reefs and seaward reefs. Juveniles are present  in shallow pools. Adults are solitary. Their diet consists of hard-shelled invertebrates such as crustaceans, molluscs and sea urchins. Adults usually form pairs during breeding.


Conservation and management

According to the IUCN Red list, this species is categorized as being of ‘Least Concern’. It is widespread but not abundant. Juveniles are collected for the aquarium trade and fisheries. No conservation measures are in place for this species. It is however, present in many MPAs[1].


[1] ‘Coris Aygula’.

Did you know?

This species can reach a maximum of 120cm