Yellowstripe Fairy Basslet Pseudanthias tuka

Yellowstripe Fairy Basslet
Yellowstripe Fairy Basslet
The Yellowstripe Fairy Basslet is in the Bass and Grouper family of fish. It is also called the Purple Anthias and Purple Queen. It is native to reefs of the Indian Ocean, Indonesia and Australia.
Yellowstripe Fairy Basslet
Yellowstripe Fairy Basslet
The fish is pink-purple but only the female has the dorsal yellow stripe after which they are named. The male has a yellow snout and chin. The yellow snout of the males, the dark purple spot on the dorsal fin and the lack of yellow spots on the fins differentiate it from males of the Amethyst Anthias, P. pascalus, whose females have no yellow at all. The fish grows typically to some 12cm long.
Yellowstripe Fairy Basslet
Yellowstripe Fairy Basslet
Yellowstripe Fairy Basslet
The females (above) with the yellow stripe along the back can look a little like the Goldback Anthias, (Pseudanthias evansi), also called the Yellowback Anthias, endemic to the northwest coast of Australia. However, female Goldbacks have a thicker stripe and a full yellow tail rather than the yellow-edged tail of female Yellowstripes.