Pseudanthias rubrizonatus (Randall, 1983)
Red-belted anthias
Pseudanthias rubrizonatus
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets), subfamily: Anthiinae
Max. size:  12 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 10 - 133 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Andaman Sea to the Solomon Islands, north to southern Japan, south to northwestern Australia and the Great Barrier Reef (Ref. 2334).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-16; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 7-7. Juveniles recognized by lavender tipped dorsal spines (Ref. 48635). Similar to P. connelli in South Africa (Ref. 37816). Description: Characterized by male having peach color on head grading to pale pink, pale stripe under eye, vertically elongate red blotch on side, yellow variety similar; female mainly pink color except white on lower head and belly; greatest depth of body 2.7-3.1 in SL; fleshy protuberance at front of upper lip absent in male; no prolonged dorsal spine; deeply emarginate to lunate caudal with prolonged lobes in males (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Found in aggregations around isolated coral heads and rubble patches (Ref. 9710). Juveniles enter harbors and often on silty rocky reefs (Ref. 48635).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 March 2015 Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 10.02.93
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 14.03.13

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