Coris debueniis commonly referred to as Easter Island coris, De Buen's coris, Rapanui wrasse. Difficulty in the aquarium: There are no reports available yet that this animal has already been kept in captivity successfully. Toxicity: Toxic hazard unknown.
Very special thanks for the first photos of Coris debueni to Javier Vera-Duarte, Facultad de Ciencias del Mar y Recursos Naturales,
Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile.
De Buen's coris is known only from Easter Island in the eastern Pacfiic.
The Rapanui wrasse, also called Easter Island coris occurs in areas of mixed sand and rubble in depths of 1-60 meters.
Juveniles are often found in tide pools, but may occur in deeper waters.
The wrasse feeds on gastropods (mainly Strombus maculatus), pelecypods (with mytilid and Lima), ophiuroids (Ophiocoma), hermit crabs (Pagurus pascuensis), crabs (with Trapezia), and echinoids, with molluscs as the major prey items.