Pseudanthias cf aurulentus

Other Names: Central Pacific Anthias

A Golden Anthias, Pseudanthias aurulentus, from Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea, about 240km east of Cairns - depth 60 m.. Source: Rudie H. Kuiter / Aquatic Photographics. License: All rights reserved

A deepwater basslet with two reddish-orange stripes along the upper sides, rows of small yellow spots on a pinkish background on the lower sides, and a yellowish head.

Collected from a depth of 60 m at Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea, about 240 kms east of Cairns. This may be an undescribed species.

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Pseudanthias cf aurulentus

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Occurs at Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea in Australia's EEZ. Found elsewhere in the Eastern Central Pacific.

Species Citation

Anthias (Mirolabrichthys) aurulentus Randall & McCosker, 1982, J. Aquaricult. 2(3): 59-69. Type locality: off wreck of 'V. Lindenbank', outer ocean reef 1.5 miles northwest of English Harbor, Tabuaeran [= Fanning Island], Line Islands, central Pacific.


Dianne J. Bray

Pseudanthias cf aurulentus


Heemstra, P.C. & J.E. Randall. 1999. Serranidae, pp. 2442-2547. In K.E. Carpenter & V.H. Niem (eds) FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 4. Bony fishes part 2 (Mugilidae to Carangidae). Rome, FAO. 2069-2790 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 2004. Basslets Hamlets and their Relatives. A Comprehensive Guide to Selected Serranidae and Plesiopidae. TMC Pubs., Chorleywood, UK. 69 pp.

Randall, J.E. & J.E. McCosker. 1982. Two new serranid fishes of the genus Anthias from the Central Pacific. Journal of Aquariculture 2(3): 60-69.

Randall, J.E. & R.L. Pyle. 2001. Four new serranid fishes of the anthiine genus Pseudanthias from the South Pacific. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 49(1): 19-34.

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CAAB Code:37311196

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Depth:40-60 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6 cm TL

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