Fish Lab - Ecology

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Color Variation in the Lyretail Anthias
(Pseudanthias squamipinnis)

The wide-ranging lyretail anthias exhibits considerable color variation. In this CoralRealm article/gallery we document some of the color forms.

The lyretail anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) is one of the most wide-ranging members of the subfamily Anthiinae. It ranges from the Red Sea and eastern Africa east to the Fijian Islands, north to Japan and south to New South Wales, Australia. It shouldn't be a big surprise then that we find considerable variation in the coloration of this ubiquitous fish. This is especially true in the case of males (this anthias is sexually dichromatic).

In this Coral Realm Feature Article/Gallery we document the color variation in this beautiful serranid. The article includes 12 beautiful (and enlargeable) photographs taken by professional photographers Roger Steene and Scott W. Michael. Get super detail on a lyretail using EyeSpy™ Viewer!


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