Variegated Coris (species: Coris batuensis) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Coris batuensis
Variegated Coris

©Andy Lewis: Juvenile Variegated Coris at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Juvenile Coris batuensis about 6 cm long in awkward posture at Pidgin Point, Lizard Island. Note three dark spots with pale outlines on the dorsal fin.

©Anne Hoggett: A juvenile Coris batuensis about 5 cm long at Lizard Island. The fish below it is a juvenile Chlorurus spilurus.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Labridae
Genus Coris
Species Coris batuensis



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 17 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Streit, R.P. and D.R. Bellwood (2017). High prevalence of homing behaviour among juvenile coral-reef fishes and the role of body size, Coral Reefs, 36(4): 1083-1095. LIRS catalog number 2091.

Other references

  • Bellwood, D.R. and P.C. Wainwright (2001). Locomotion in labrid fishes: implications for habitat use and cross-shelf biogeography on the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Reefs, 20: 139-150. LIRS catalog number 787.
  • Caley, M.J. (1995). Community dynamics of tropical reef fishes: local patterns between latitudes, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 129: 7-18. LIRS catalog number 447.
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