Lyretail Anthias [Pseudanthias squamipinnis]

anthias female

Female

Anthias fixed

Male

The sea goldie (Pseudanthias squamipinnis), also known as the lyretail coralfishlyretail anthias, and scalefin anthia, is a small species of colourful fish in the subfamily Anthiinae. It is a common sight to scuba divers in the Indian Ocean. Female: Length up to 7 cm, orange/gold colour with violet streak below the eye. Male: Length up to 15 cm, fuchsia colour with elongated 3rd ray of the dorsal fin, a red patch on the pectoral fin and elongated margins of the tail.

 Pictures: Great Barrier Reef, Australia by Sami Salmenkivi

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