General information – The Coris aygula or by its common name clown
wrasse is found near Eastern Africa and Southern Asia. It inhabits rocky
reef and coral areas in depth from 2 to 30 meters. Males and females
are slightly different; males have a hump on the forehead and have very
long pelvic fins. There is a difference in appearance between juveniles
and adults, juveniles are white and orange with false eyes on the dorsal
fin, while adults are dark green or with light banding. The Coris aygula
have teeth that protrude from their mouth and are used to dig out prey
such as crabs, shrimp and other small invertebrates from the sand. It is
a very large fish and is not recommended for aquarium life due to its size
and the difficulty in keeping it.
Common Name - clown wrasse, Twinspot Coris, Twin Spot Wrasse
Scientific Name - Coris aygula
Family - Labridae
Origin - Eastern Africa and Southern Asia
Size – Up to 24 inches
First discovered - Lacepède, 1801
Nutrition – Carnivore, in nature the clown wrasse feed on, crabs, shrimp, and small invertebrates.
In captivity it will accept frozen food such as worms, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp and flake food.
Behavior – Aggressive
Maintenance and care - The clown wrasse requires a 150 gallon or larger aquarium. A deep (5-6 inch)
layer of sand or fine substrate should be provided for them to burrow in. A single male can be kept with a
group of females.Good protein skimmer and rock formation is needed.
Water Parameters – Temperature: 72F-78F, PH: 8.1-8.4, Specific Gravity 1.020-1.025
Breeding – The clown wrasses are not bred in captivity.
In the wild, a male breeds with a group of females. Large females can turn into males and ensure there
are always breeding pairs. Twin Spots are egg-scatterers; the eggs drift with the currents.
After hatching, the juveniles feed on small invertebrates.