Formosa Wrasse


Fish Type: Non-Reef SafeWrasse


Scientific Name: Corris formosa


Species: Labridae

Color: black, orange, white
Aggressiveness: Highly Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 24"
Minimum Tank Size: 180 gallons
Relative Care: Moderate
Photo Courtesy of Something Fishy


The Formosa Wrasse is also referred to as the Formosan Coris or Queen Coris. The juvenile and adult appearances vary greatly. As a juvenile, the body color is orange with white tiger stripes across the back. The stripes and fins are outlined in black. As an adult, the females have a dark blue-green body with black spots, accented by red on the fins, and a light-blue diagonal stripe across the orange face.

The males have a light-blue body with vertical blue stripes and several green stripes on the face.
It requires a 180 gallon or larger aquarium with a 4-6 inch layer of sand in which to bury itself. It is an excellent hunter and will leave no rock unturned (literally) in search of food. The Formosa Wrasse will eat urchins, crabs, shrimp, and small invertebrates.

The Formosa Wrasse diet should include vitamin enriched frozen mysis shrimp, vitamin enriched frozen brine shrimp, and other meaty foods along with a high quality marine flake and marine pellet food.

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