Lilac-tip Basslet, Pseudanthias rubrizonatus (Randall 1983)

Other Names: Deepsea Fairy Basslet, Lilac-tipped Basslet, Lilac-tipped Seaperch, Redband Anthias, Red-band Basslet, Redbar Anthias, Red-belted Anthias

Lilac-tip Basslets, Pseudanthias rubrizonatus, at the wreck of the Aarhus, Moreton Bay, Queensland. Source: Dave Harasti / License: All rights reserved

The striking males are pinkish to pinkish orange before a broad red bar on the sides, often with bright yellow on the rear of the body and tail, a lilac stripe from beneath the eye to the lower pectoral-fin base and a lilac margin on the dorsal fin and outer caudal-fin lobes. Females are reddish-pink, paler below, with a darker mark on each scale, a violet stripe from below the eye to the lower pectoral-fin base and red tipped caudal-fin lobes. Juveniles have lavender-tipped dorsal-fin spines.

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Lilac-tip Basslet, Pseudanthias rubrizonatus (Randall 1983)

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North-western Australia and the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical west Pacific from the Andaman Sea to the Solomon Islands, and north to southern Japan.
Aggregates around isolated coral heads, wrecks and rubble patches; juveniles have been found in harbours and on silty rocky reefs. 


A protogynous hermaphrodite.

Species Citation

Anthias rubrizonatus Randall 1983, Aquarium (Berlin) 6(9): 35, figs 5-8. Type locality: south-west side of Savo Island, Solomon Islands. 


Bray, D.J. 2020


Australian Faunal Directory

Lilac-tip Basslet, Pseudanthias rubrizonatus (Randall 1983)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37311124


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-152 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12 cm TL

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