Coris pictoides

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Coris pictoides
Coris pictoides, Photo: Graham Edgar
Coris pictoides
Coris pictoides, juvenile, Gulf of Carpentaria, Qld, Photo: Andrew Green
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Coris pictoides
Coris pictoides


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Pale underside, dark brown upper body, two narrow white stripes, one dividing dark upper from pale lower body, and one from snout along back to upper tail base. Sometimes has yellow instead of white, and juveniles have ocellus 2/3 of the way along dorsal fin and black spot on upper tail base which disappear with age.


Max Size: 15 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 19-31.3°C

Depth: 9-55m

Habitat Generalization Index: 1.19

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (3.5% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Several (5 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: Joe Shields