Gorgeous Swallowtail (Meganthias natalensis)

Also known as Anthias, Grouper

Description

Also known as Anthias, Grouper.

Found in very deep waters rarely seen or caught!
Length - 37cm
Depth - 88-183m
Widespread Western Indian Ocean

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. (edit) Ref: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/7923

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