Purple Anthias (Pseudanthias tuka)

Also known as Basslets, Purple Queen, Purple Queen Anthias, Amethyst Anthias, Yellowfin Anthias, Yellowstripe Anthias, Yellowstriped Fairy Basslet.

Description

Also known as Basslets, Purple Queen, Purple Queen Anthias, Amethyst Anthias, Yellowfin Anthias, Yellowstripe Anthias and Yellowstriped Fairy Basslet.

Found in schools feeding on zooplankton high above coastal reefs and outer reef slopes.
Aggregations contain far more females to males.
Males purple with yellow chin and darker purple spot on rear Dorsal Fin, females purple with yellow stripe along back to tip of upper tail lobe.
They feed on zooplankton.
Length - 12cm
Depth - 2-40m
Widespread Asian 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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