Flame Anthias (Pseudanthias ignitus)

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

Description

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

Found singly or in harems over clear water outer reef slopes and passes.
Will often retreat to rocky crevices when threatened.
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. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Pseudanthias-ignitus

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