Coris gaimard

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Common Name
Yellow Tail Coris
Binomial Name
Coris gaimard
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Labridae
Genus: Coris
Species: gaimard

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Common Names

  • Yellow Tail Coris
  • Clown Wrasse
  • African Coris



Information about the body shape, skeletal characteristics, how it appears, colouring etc.

Similar Species

Any species that look similar to this one, that may be mixed up.

Maximum Size

To 30 cm in the wild.

Associated Organisms



Curious predator, very active and will swim around live rock constantly. Will bury itself into the sand bed at night.

Captive Care

Tank Size

Large fish - large tank. An adult fish would require a 6 foot tank minimum.

Water Flow

Type and amount of water flow suitable for it.


How much lighting is required for it.


Predator, requires meaty foods like minced prawns etc.

Growth Rate

How quickly it will grow under various conditions.


Things that adversely effect it, such as bacterial infections, parasites etc.


Addition things / items that are important for care in captivity.




Does it have any fish that it should not be housed with?


Not compatible with loosely placed corals due to "flipping" them over to browse underneath for tasty morsels.


It is incompatable with invertebrates such as molluscs and crustaceans.


How it reproduces, how suitable it is to breeding or captive propagation, techniques on how to etc.

Local Ecology


Which oceans and reefs it is found.


Where it is found on the natural reefs, the reef zone.

Additional Information

Some additional notes on it that don't fit in the above sections.