Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Order: Perciformes (Perch-likes)
Family: Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets)

Genus/species: Pseudanthias dispar

Peach Fairy Basslet aka Redfin Anthias 2989036131_c7b264ace3_b

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Sexes dichromatic. Male: orange to yellow body, lavender to pink head and bright red dorsal fin. Female: orange to peach upper head, body, and fins; pink line from the tip of the snout angling down, passing through the lower part of the eye .. Max. size: 9.5 cm (3.75 inches).

DISTRIBUTION: East Indo-Pacific along upper edge of steep reef slopes 1 – 15 m (3.25 – 50 feet) .

DIET IN THE WILD: Zooplankton. Occur in large feeding aggregations.

REPRODUCTION: Protogynous hermaphrodites. If a dominant male dies, the largest female of the group will change sex to take its place.   Males erect dorsal fin as courtship display.
Anthias gather in huge schools of hundreds. Schools are made up of smaller “harems” consisting of a single dominant male, a few less dominant males, and many females.

PREDATORS: Taken by many larger predators.

CONSERVATION: Not evaluated.

Philippine Coral Reef PR04 5-22-13

Animal Attractions SP14 3-15-12

Ref: Fishbase , EOL.