Atlantic Coris Wrasse- Rainbow Coris Wrasse

(Coris atlantica)

Coris atlantica is a species of wrasse belonging to the family Labridae. Here are some key characteristics and information about Coris atlantica:

  1. Physical Appearance: Coris atlantica has a robust and elongated body typical of wrasses. It is characterized by a bright coloration, often with a blue or greenish body and yellow fins. The body may have distinctive markings or patterns, such as spots or lines, especially on the head and upper body.
  2. Size: They can grow to a maximum length of about 30-35 centimeters (12-14 inches), though some individuals may reach slightly larger sizes.
  3. Distribution: Coris atlantica is found in the Atlantic Ocean, particularly along the western coast of Africa, from Morocco southward to Angola. It inhabits coastal reefs, rocky areas, and sandy substrates in shallow to moderate depths.
  4. Habitat: These wrasses are typically found in areas with rocky reefs, coral reefs, and rubble zones. They prefer habitats with ample hiding places such as crevices, caves, and holes in the reef structure. They are also known to frequent areas with sandy bottoms adjacent to reefs.