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      Yellowtail Coris

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name:Coris gaimard
      Max. size: 40.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine ; depth range - 50 m
      Distribution: Pacific Ocean: Christmas and Cocos-Keeling Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean to the Society and Tuamoto islands, north to Japan and the Hawaiian Islands, south to Australia. Replaced by Coris cuvieri in the Indian Ocean
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-13; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 12. Juveniles easily recognized by their striking coloration. Females have a bright yellow caudal fin.
      Biology: Found in areas of mixed coral, sand and rubble of exposed outer reef flats, lagoon and seaward reefs. Feeds mainly on mollusks, crabs, and hermit crabs, and occasionally on tunicates and forams
      Aquarium Care:Has a temperature range of 72 - 83°F (22 - 28°C) and has a natural diet of benthic invertebrate, usually hard-shelled invertebrates. Requires a meaty diet, including chopped fish and shrimp flesh, fortified brine shrimp, mysis, black worms and other meaty type frozen foods, with two or three feedings per day. Has a habit of turning over rubble, therefore can damage plate corals. Will also eat snails, urchins, sea stars, brittle stars, shrimp, clams, and worms of all kinds. Cute when small, however can easily outgrow most hobbyist aquariums. A burrowing species, therefore, provide a fine-grained substrate of at least 6 inches (15 cm) in depth.
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