Tag Archive: sea basses

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

Genus/species: Pseudanthias squamipinnis

Male below

Scalefin Anthias aka Lyretail Fairy Basslet (male) IMG_0111

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Males can get at least 5”. Females slightly smaller. Color patterns vary from one locality to another. Marked sexual dimorphism; Males often fuchsia in color with elongated third ray of the dorsal fin, a red patch on the pectoral fin and elongated margins of the tail. Females orange/gold color with violet streak below the eye.

Female below

Scalefin Anthias aka Lyretail Fairy Basslet (female) 9830744184_8184c027fd_k

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and Natal, South Africa to Niue, north to Japan, south to Australia. Found above coral outcrops or patch reefs of clear lagoons, channels, or outer reef slopes. depth range 0 – 55 m (170 feet).

DIET IN THE WILD: Zooplankton

REPRODUCTION: A protogynous hermaphrodite. All start life as females. The dominant fish will turn into a male, changing sex, and color and pattern. The male keeps a harem of several females.

CONSERVATION:  Not evaluated


California Academy of Sciences Steinhart Aquarium Philippine Coral Reef 2016

Ron’s flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/cas_docents/sets/72157608545590153/with/3123885371/

Ron’s WordPress Shortlink http://wp.me/p1DZ4b-YX

fishbase  www.fishbase.org/summary/6568

Australian Museum australianmuseum.net.au/orange-basslet-pseudanthias-squam…

Encyclopedia Of Life eol.org/pages/204729/details

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

Genus/species: Hypoplectrus gummigutta

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Body rich chrome-yellow in color. The snout is black bordered by an iridescent blue. Pectoral fins pigmented. Hamlet “species” are defined primarily on differences in color patterns. They are known to interbreed and hybridize freely with very little consistent genetic differentiation amongst them.

Golden Hamlet19442208331_9807a11d99_k

DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: H. gummigutta is rare and found in the Western Central Atlantic. It is coral reef associated.


No known major threat but juveniles are potentially a prey item of the invasive Lionfish.


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REPRODUCTION: The Golden Hamlet is a simultaneous hermaphrodite (possesses both male and female sex organs).  Successful spawning requires two individual fish.

Color of Life note: Brightly colored fish seem to jump into your sight. But underwater, these bright colors mingle with those of other fish, reef creatures, and the coral itself, to offer a mixtures of color and patterns in which no one individual stands out. Movement of the anemones and corals in the current also serve to obscure and protect the fish.
Ref: California Academy Academy of Sciences, Color of Life Exhibit 2015


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Reef builders.com (an excellent description of the Caribbean reef exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences). http://reefbuilders.com/2015/03/24/steinhart-aquariums-caribbean-display-realistic-biotope-representation/#

fishbase  www.fishbase.org/summary/Hypoplectrus-gummigutta.html

IUCN Red List  www.iucnredlist.org/details/16751128/0

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.

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