Coris frerei   Gunther,  1867 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Johnny Jensen

Size: 325 mm

Color: Brownish violet, becoming pale yellowish on lower half of head and abdomen; ten dark brown cross bars on sides of body. A greenish red band from maxilla touching upper border of eye to origin of dorsal; one from interopercle to corner of mouth, below eye and ending on lateral line below fourth spine of dorsal; one from behind interopercle to base of ventral and another on hind margin of opercle. Pectoral axil with a large dark green blotch. Dorsal and anal greenish brown, distal fourth more darker, basal part with small bluish spots, outer portion of anal with bluish black spots. Caudal dark bluish, hind margin orange. Pectoral axil with a large dark green blotch. Pectoral and ventral pale, upper rays of the former and outer rays of the latter brownish.

Head 3.4 in standard length, 4.1 in total length. Depth of body 3.0 in standard length, 3.6 in total length. Eye diameter 7.2 in head, 2.3 in snout and about 2.0 in highly convex interorbital space. Teeth conical, in a single series in jaws; two anteriorly in each jaw canines and a canine at corner of mouth. First spine of dorsal fin as long as head, second spine about half length of the first and longer than the following spines. Pectoral fin as long as head without snout. Ventral fin 2/3 length of snout shorter than head.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: IX, 12; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 12; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 11; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 75; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 7+1+31.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Coris frerei Gunther 1866

Common Name (s)
• Kodiyan Nhola
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Ornamental fish)



• Lakshadweep, Bitra INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Lakshadweep Islands INDIA (Record: 11/1993-01/1997)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wafar, MVM (2003) Checklists of reef fauna Available at -
  • Kemp, JM (1998) Zoogeography of the coral reef fishes of the Socotra Archipelago Journal of Biogeography 25 919-933
  • Randall, JE (1999) Revision of Indo-Pacific labrid fishes of the genus Coris, with descriptions of five new species Indo-Pacific Fishes p 29
  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Johnny Jensen's photographic library Available at -
  • Murty, VS (2002) Marine ornamental fish resources of Lakshadweep CMFRI Special Publication CMFRI 72 1-134 Available at -

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