Twospot Anthias (Pseudanthias bimaculatus)

Also known as Anthias, Basslet, Bimac Anthias, Bimaculatus Anthias, Purple Goldie, Sea Perch, Twinspot Anthias, Two-spot Basslet, Two-spotted Basslet

Description

Also known as Anthias, Basslet, Bimac Anthias, Bimaculatus Anthias, Purple Goldie, Sea Perch, Twinspot Anthias, Two-spot Basslet, Two-spotted Basslet.

Found in schools over dead reefs in turbid waters of deep coastal drop-offs.
They feed on zooplankton
They can vary in colours, also because they are believed to spawn at the same time as Pseudanthias pleurotaenia this may cause accidental hybrids!
Length - 14cm
Depth - 20-100m
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.
Widespread Indo-Pacific Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Pseudanthias-bimaculatus

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