Lyretail Anthias/Sea Goldie Pseudanthias squamipinnis

Lyretail Anthias
Lyretail Anthias
Lyretail Anthias
The Lyretail Anthias, also called Sea Goldie, Orange/Jewel Fairy Basslet and Scalefin Anthias, is in the Bass and Grouper family. It is native to reefs of the Indian and western Pacific Oceans.
Lyretail Anthias
Lyretail Anthias
Lyretail Anthias
Male and female have a very different appearance. Males are up to 15cm long and a red-purple or pink colour with a lyre-shaped tail with flowing edges on older males, an elongated third spine of the dorsal fin and a red patch on the pectoral fin.
Sea Goldie
Sea Goldie
Sea Goldie
Females, called Sea Goldies and Orange Fairy Basslets, are orange or yellow with a purple/violet eye ring and eyestripe below the eye. They grow to 7cm long.
Lyretail Anthias
Lyretail Anthias
Lyretail Anthias
Diet is zooplankton.
Lyretail Anthias
Lyretail Anthias
Lyretail Anthias
A male has a harem of several females. When the male dies or is removed, a senior female will transition to male and take over the group.