Pseudanthias squamipinnis (Peters, 1855)

Pseudanthias squamipinnis
Pseudanthias squamipinnis
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Sunday, 10 May 1998
Location: 
Sth Solitary Island
Depth: 
15m
Pseudanthias squamipinnis
Pseudanthias squamipinnis
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 11 March 2016
Location: 
N W Solitary Is.
Depth: 
9m
Pseudanthias squamipinnis
Pseudanthias squamipinnis
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Monday, 24 April 2017
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Pseudanthias squamipinnis
Pseudanthias squamipinnis
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 22 December 2017
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
7m
Common name: Orange Basslet
Distribution:

Abundant throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Wide ranging throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific. In Australia recorded from Queensland south to central New South Wales and including Lord Howe Island.

Ecological Notes:

Often large aggregations on edges of reefs and dropoffs. Shallow water to at least 55m.

Additional Notes:

Schools consist mostly of harems of females with one or several dominant males, as shown in top and two bottom photographs. Females, shown in second photograph, are induced to change sex by the removal of the dominant male. Usually seen feeding on zooplankton in the water column, retreating to soft corals, holes and crevices if threatened. Grows to 12cm.