• EnglishName: Batu coris
  • Local Name : Galhi kendi hikaa
  • Size : Max. 19 cm
  • Family: LABRIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 9 spines and 11 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 11 rays. Pectoral fin with 13-15 rays. Body depth 2.8-3.5 in standard length.
  • Colour: Pale and rather drab. Spots on sides and broad bars on back changing from reddish to greenish with growth. Small dark spot behind eye. Two dark oscillated spots on dorsal fin. Large males with all colours darker. Juveniles white with irregular greenish bars and small orange spots.
  • Habitat and Biology: A common inhabitant of shallow reef flats and lagoon areas, where its pale colouration is no doubt a useful camouflage.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Coris batuensis is sometimes referred as C. schroederi (a synonym) and is very close to C. variegata (Ruppell) from the Red Sea.
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