Scalefin Anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis)

Also known as Basslets, Sea Bass, Orange Basslet, Orange Sea Perch, Red Coral Perch, Jewel Fairy Basslet, Scalefin Basslet, Scalefin Fairy Basslet, Lyretail Coralfish, Lyretail Fairy Basslet, Lyretail Anthias, Sea Goldie.

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Also known as Basslets, Sea Bass, Orange Basslet, Orange Sea Perch, Red Coral Perch, Jewel Fairy Basslet, Scalefin Basslet, Scalefin Fairy Basslet, Lyretail Coralfish, Lyretail Fairy Basslet, Lyretail Anthias and Sea Goldie.

Found in large schools on most reef habitats from shallow lagoons to out reefs and walls, often found sharing their space with Moray eels.
They feed on zooplankton
Length - 10cm
Depth - 4-30m
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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