Yellowstriped Fairy Basslet Pseudanthias tuka

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Yellowstriped Fairy Basslet

Yellowstriped Fairy Basslet Pseudanthias tuka

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Yellowstriped Fairy Basslet

Scientific name:
Pseudanthias tuka
Serranidae - Anthiinae
Year of description:
Herre & Montalban, 1927
IUCN Status:
Least Concern

Not Evaluated


From the Indian Ocean (Mauritius) to the Pacific Ocean.


Continental coral reefs and outer reef slopes, between 2 and 35 m depth.


12 cm max


Planktonic crustaceans and fish roe

Yellowstriped Fairy Basslet Pseudanthias tuka

Although they are small, Anthias belong to the grouper family.


They begin their sexual maturity as females and then become males. These fish form harems comprising one male and several females.

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Where is the animal to be found?

Groups of Anthias are among the fish that divers most frequently spot within the first few metres of diving. This colourful fish is found in the temperate waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, in continental coral reefs and on outer reef slopes. The yellowstriped fairy basslet lives at a depth of between 2 and 35 metres.

From the Indian Ocean (Mauritius) to the Pacific Ocean: Indonesia, Japan, Solomon Islands up to the northern Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

How can it be recognised?

They can be recognised by their bright colours and their distinctive swimming pattern. It is also called the purple anthias because of its predominantly purple colour.

You can tell the male from the female. The male has a yellow snout with a prominent upper lip, whereas the female has a yellow line that runs from its dorsal side to its caudal fin.It is also smaller than the male.

What is distinctive about it?

Like all Anthias and even all Serranidae, Queen Anthias are hermaphrodites.

Yellowstriped Fairy Basslet

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