Clown Wrasse Formosa Male



Clown Wrasse Formosa.

  • Clown Wrasse Formosa Male
  • Coris formosa
  • Care: Intermediate
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Group Size: Alone
  • Place of origin: West Indian Ocean
  • Coral Safe: Generally yes
  • Critter Safe: Generally no

Clown Wrasse Formosa Male, Coris formosa, also goes by the name Queen Coris. Juveniles and adults look vastly different. As a juvenile, the fish is orange in colour with white tiger stripes across its back. A dusky black outline in the fins and part of its body, frame and accentuate the colours.

Females have a stunning dark blue-green body, lightly covered with black spots. Their fins are bright red and white. A light-blue diagonal stripe cuts across their lovely orange faces, directly under their eye. On the other hand, males have a light-blue body, with vertical blue stripes. Green markings also decorate their face.

Clown Wrasse Formosa Male Ecology.

Clown Wrasse Formosa live in the Western Indian Ocean, around Sri Lanka, South Asia, Africa and the Red Sea. They live in a range of habitats, from rocky to coral reefs, as well as amongst algae. Youngsters will find shelter in shallower waters.

The complex structures help the wrasse avoid predation. Failing that, the Clown Wrasse Formosa Male quickly vanish by burying themselves in the sand bed. These fish feed on armoured prey, such as: mollusc, shrimp, crab, and urchins. These fish are also dubbed rock mover wrasse. As they overturn surprisingly large stones while rummaging around for food or finding a place to sleep.

Clown Wrasse Formosa Male are protogynous hermaphrodites. Which means that, when they get old enough, breeding females turn into a male. As a result, all juveniles are immature females.

Coris formosa/ Queen Coris in the Aquarium.

It is important to copy the natural environment by providing plenty of nooks and crannies. There should also be a good sand bed for the wrasse to hide and sleep in. Hobbyists should get a jump guard to stop any unfortunate losses.

Clown Wrasse Formosa Male do best when fed a varied diet. They will accept enriched frozen mysis shrimp and enriched frozen brine shrimp. They will also devour live foods, such as copepods and amphipods, that can be cultivated in attached refugium. Over time they will accept high-quality pellet or flake. We adapt all our wrasse to aquarium life before they leave us. We focus on their health, and most are eating a good quality flake food and/or pellet, such as JBL Maris, before being offered for sale.


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