false clownwrasse

Scientific name Coris aygula
Descriptor Lacepède
Year of description 1801
IUCN category LC
Family Labridae
Genus Coris
Coris aygula Coris aygula


Coris aygula, commonly known as false clownwrasse, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Type
  • Average size
    100 cm
  • Maximum size
    120 cm
  • Longevity
    10 year
  • Shape
  • Type
  • Average size
    100 cm
  • Maximum size
    120 cm
  • Longevity
    10 year
  • Shape

How to recognize the false clownwrasse ?

The false clownwrasse measures around 100 cm. The dominant males can however reach 120 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly bleu, vert, orange and marron body.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous with carnivorous tendency
  • Sociability
    living as a couple or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The false clownwrasse is a fish living as a couple or alone naturally found near the bottom. This species is omnivorous with carnivorous tendency .

Although slightly territorial, the false clownwrasse 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. In a constant quest for dominance, the dominant males of this species cannot stand each other. The battle between two individuals can be intense and violent. It will result in the submission and sometimes even death of one of the protagonists.


  • Reproduction
    dont le mode de reproduction est encore inconnu
  • Hermaphrodite

The false clownwrasse is a fish dont le mode de reproduction est encore inconnu. 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?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 26 °C
  • Depth
    2 - 30 m
  • Flow
    Strong and Medium

Biotope presentation

The false clownwrasse is most often found at a depth between 2m and 30m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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