queen coris

Scientific name Coris formosa
Descriptor Bennett
Year of description 1830
IUCN category LC
Family Labridae
Genus Coris
Coris formosa Coris formosa


Coris formosa, commonly known as queen coris, is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    40 cm
  • Maximum size
    60 cm
  • Shape
  • Average size
    40 cm
  • Maximum size
    60 cm
  • Shape

How to recognize the queen coris ?

The queen coris measures around 40 cm. The dominant males can however reach 60 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly rouge, bleu, vert, orange, noir, marron and violet body.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The queen coris is a fish solitary naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although slightly territorial, the queen coris is a rather peaceful animal that generally behaves in a peaceful manner with other species. It should be noted that it is sometimes less tolerant with its conspecifics.


  • Reproduction
  • Hermaphrodite

The queen coris is a fish ovipare. always born female. Growing up, individuals will change sex to become male, this is called successive hermaphroditism of the protogynous type.

Harmless species

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

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 27 °C
  • Depth
    2 - 50 m

Biotope presentation

The queen coris is most often found at a depth between 2m and 50m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

Revision of the Indo-Pacific labrid fishes of the genus Coris, with descriptions of five new species - J.E. Randall - Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum - 1999.

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