Scalefin Anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis)

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

Description

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

Found in large harems sometimes sheltering with moray eels and above coral outcrops and patch reefs in clear channels, lagoons and outer reef slopes.
They feed on zooplankton
Length - 15cm
Depth - 0-55m
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/6568

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