Scalefin Anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis)

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

Description

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

Found in large schools in clear water lagoons, channels over reef crests and drop-off's of outer reef slopes, can be found sharing their space with Moray eels. Often found with one male and his harem!
They feed on zooplankton
Length - 15cm
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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