Formosa Wrasse

Greek Name: (Coris formosa)



The Formosa Wrasse is also referred to as the Formosan Coris or Queen Coris. The adult and juvenile appearances differ dramatically. When in the wild you will see a body that is slightly orange, with white stripes of tiger across the back. The fins and stripes are drawn in black. As adults, females sport a dark blue-green body, with black spots highlighted by red on the fins and a light blue diagonal stripe running across the orange face. Males have a light blue body that has vertical blue stripes, as well as a few green stripes across the face.

It needs a 180-gallon or larger aquarium, with an area of 4-6 inches of sand to lay its eggs. It is a superb hunter and leaves no stone without a scratch (literally) in pursuit of food. The Formosa Wrasse is known to consume urchins, crabs shrimp, and smaller invertebrates.

It is recommended that the Formosa Wrasse diet must consist of mysis shrimp that is vitamin-enriched and frozen and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp frozen in brine, and other meaty food items, along with an excellent sea flake as well as marine pellets.

Approximate Purchase Size: Juvenile Small: 1-1/2″ to 2″; Medium: 2″ to 3″; Large: 3″ to 3 1/2″ Adult Small 3 1/2″ to 4″ Medium 4″ to 5″ Large 5″ to 7″


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Care Level




Color Form

Black, Orange, White



Reef Compatible


Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size



Africa, South Asia



Minimum Tank

180 gallons


General information regarding Formosa Wrasse

The Formosa Wrasse’s adult and juvenile appearances vary greatly. In the juvenile stage it’s body colour is orange, with white tiger stripes running across the back. The fins and stripes are highlighted in black. As adults, females sport a dark blue and green body with black spots with red accents on the fins and a thin blue diagonal stripe that runs across the face in orange. Males sport a light blue body, with vertical blue stripes, and a few green stripes across the face. It requires an aquarium that has at least 4-6 inches of sand, in which it can lay its eggs. It is a superb hunter, and leaves no stone left unturned (literally) in the search for food. The Formosa Wrasse can consume crabs, urchins, shrimp, and other small invertebrates.


Additional information


Large, Medium, Small

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