Morphology Data of Coris latifasciata
Identification keys
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., 2013
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

This species is distinguished by the following characters: D IX,11; A III,11; pectoral rays 14 (rarely 15); lateral-line scales 50-52 (+1); scaleless head; gill rakers 19-22; a pair of large, strongly projecting, slightly recurved canine teeth anteriorly in each jaw, the upper pair slightly out-flaring, the lowers fitting between uppers when mouth closed; body depth 3.25-3.55 in SL; caudal fin truncate to slightly rounded; short pelvic fins, 1.4-1.6 in head length; body colour of adults pale blue to blue-green, the scale centers whitish, especially on abdomen, 6 dusky orange bars dorsally on body, much broader than whitish interspaces, 2 small bars on nape; broadest bar below fourth to eighth dorsal spines, curving posteriorly in its lower part; head pale green with oblique pink bands; an ocellated black spot between first and second soft rays of dorsal fin; a black spot at upper base of pectoral fin, continuing as a narrowing line across base; juveniles light blue-green with scattered small red spots, larger and more numerous on postorbital head and anterior body; a second smaller ocellus posteriorly in dorsal fin; a blackish stripe on side of snout (Ref. 93522).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Coris latifasciata

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 50 - 52
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 19 - 22


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 9 - 9
Soft-rays total 11 - 11
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 3 - 3
Soft-rays total 11 - 11

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   14 - 15
Pelvics Attributes  
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Busson, Frédéric
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily
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