Red Basslet, Pseudanthias cooperi (Regan 1902)

Other Names: Cooper's Fairy Basslet, Red Seaperch, Red Sea-perch, Red-bar Anthias, Silverstreak Anthias, Silver-streak Goldie

A Red Basslet, Pseudanthias cooperi, at Bua, Fiji, May 2016. Source: Mark Rosenstein / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike


Males are reddish with a yellow anal fin, a silvery stripe below the eye onto the gill cover, a red rectangular bar or blotch on the sides, elongate filaments on the pelvic and anal fins, and a red tail with long silvery blue filaments.

Females and juveniles are reddish above fading to yellowish-orange then pale pink below, a mostly red caudal fin with distinct red tips, a clear or whitish anal fin and no red bar on the sides.

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Red Basslet, Pseudanthias cooperi (Regan 1902)

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Known in Australia from the Houtman Abrolhos Islands to east of Exmouth, Western Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland and reefs in the Coral Sea, to  the Solitary Islands, New South Wales, with vagrants reaching as far south as Montague Island, New South Wales; also at Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere it occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific.

Species Citation

Anthias cooperi Regan 1902, Fauna Geogr. Maldives Laccadive Archipel. 1: 273. Type locality: Haddumati, Maldives.


Bray, D.J. 2020

Red Basslet, Pseudanthias cooperi (Regan 1902)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37311113

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-160 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:14 cm TL

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