Flame Anthias (Pseudanthias ignitus)

Also known as Anthias, Basslets, Sea Perch, Flame Basslet, Indian Flame Anthias, Indian Flame Fairy Anthias, Indian Flame Basslet, Indian Flame Fairy Basslet

Description

Also known as Anthias, Basslets, Sea Perch, Flame Basslet, Indian Flame Anthias, Indian Flame Fairy Anthias, Indian Flame Basslet and Indian Flame Fairy Basslet.

Found singly or in small schools in clear waters over reef crests and drop-off's of outer reef slopes. Often found with one male and his harem!
They feed on zooplankton.
Length - 9cm
Depth - 10-40m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Anthias are often found in large schools often in there hundreds or thousands feeding high above the reef on zooplankton.
They start their life off as females and when there is an opening for a male will change to head up their harem of females.
Males are much more colourful and often have filamentous streamers which they use for their mating dance and to deter other males.

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