Lori's Basslet, Pyronotanthias lori (Lubbock & Randall 1976)

Other Names: Lori's Anthias

A female Lori's Basslet, Pseudanthias lori, at Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia, on the drop off, at 50 m. Source: Klaus Stiefel / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A pinkish to lavendar-pink basslet with a series of bright red bars along the back, a reddish-orange streak on the upper part of the caudal peduncle, and small iridescent orange spots on the sides. Juveniles and females have a series of red blotches along the back below the soft part of the dorsal fin, followed by a red streak onto the tail.
This species was previously known as Pseudanthias lori.

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Pyronotanthias lori in Fishes of Australia, accessed 14 Jul 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/4395

Lori's Basslet, Pyronotanthias lori (Lubbock & Randall 1976)

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Rowley Shoals off north Western Australia, and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea; also the territory of Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical east-Indo-west-central Pacific.
Small groups inhabit steep outer reef slopes and dropoffs, often near caves and under ledges at depths to 70 m.


Dorsal fin X,16-17; Anal fin III, 7-8; Pectoral fin 16-18; Caudal fin 15 (8 + 7); Vertebrae 10+16=26); Gill rakers 8-9 + 21-24; Lateral line scales 49-52. 
Body elongate, height 3.4-4.0 in SL; males with the middle of the upper lip thickened and pointed. Third dorsal-fin spine of male prolonged; caudal fin crescent-shaped, males with elongated lobes; pelvic fins of females reaching slightly beyond anus, those of males reaching origin of the anal-fin origin or beyond.


Feeds on zooplankton, especially  crustacean larvae and fish eggs.


The species is named in honour of Jack Randall’s daughter Lori. The specimen used in the illustration for the original description was collected on her birthday.

Species Citation

Anthias lori Lubbock & Randall, in Fourmanoir, & Laboute 1976, Poissons de Nouvelle Calédonie et des Nouvelles Hébrides: 287. Type locality:  Point Mackau, Maré Island, Loyalty Islands, depth 50 m. 


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Lori's Basslet, Pyronotanthias lori (Lubbock & Randall 1976)


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Williams, J.T., Lawrence, A. & Myers, R. 2016. Pseudanthias lori. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T69591014A69592572. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T69591014A69592572.en. Downloaded on 01 June 2021.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37311119


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:7-70m (usually below 25m)

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12 cm TL

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