pale-barred coris

Scientific name Coris dorsomacula
Descriptor Fowler
Year of description 1908
IUCN category LC
Family Labridae
Genus Coris
Coris dorsomacula Coris dorsomacula


Coris dorsomacula, commonly known as pale-barred coris, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    38 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes
  • Average size
    25 cm
  • Maximum size
    38 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes

How to recognize the pale-barred coris ?

The pale-barred coris measures around 25 cm. The dominant males can however reach 38 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly rouge, marron and blanc body. The also has blanc vertical stripes.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The pale-barred coris is a fish solitary naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

The pale-barred coris is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights. Relationships between conspecifics are also hectic, with each seeking to secure its place.


  • Reproduction

The pale-barred coris is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    22 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    2 - 40 m

Biotope presentation

The pale-barred coris is most often found at a depth between 2m and 40m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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