Pseudanthias cooperi (Regan, 1902)
Red-bar anthias
Pseudanthias cooperi
photo by Polack, D.

Family:  Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets), subfamily: Anthiinae
Max. size:  14 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 10 - 91 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Samoa and the Line Islands (Ref. 2334), north to southern Japan, south to the Great Barrier Reef.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-17; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 7-8. Males develop an incomplete crimson bar in the middle of their sides (Ref. 37816). Description: Characterized by males red to pale pink color with silver-white streak below eye, short, narrow red bar on middle of side, caudal fin red and pale-edged; females similar to males but has pale caudal fin with red tips and lacks red bar on side of body; greatest depth of body 2.8-3.2 in SL; absence of fleshy protuberance at front of upper lip in males; absence of prolonged dorsal spines, last spine longest; lunate caudal fin with filamentous tips in males (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Mostly found on open substrate with low reef and remote bommies in depths over 20 m. Juveniles maybe shallow in coastal reefs (Ref. 48635). Form small, loose aggregations along current-swept drop-offs (Ref. 1602, 48635).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 11 March 2015 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 28.04.95
Modified by: Santos, Kristine - 30.10.03

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