Yellow-spotted Anthias, Pyronotanthias flavoguttatus (Katayama & Masuda 1980)

Other Names: Red Saddled Anthias, Saddleback Anthias, Sunrise Anthias

A Red Saddled Anthias, Pseudanthias flavoguttatus, in the Tanimbar Islands, east Banda Sea, Indonesia. Source: Gerald R. Allen, Fig. 8, in Victor et al. (2020) Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 36: 6-15. License: CC BY Attribution

A pink to purplish anthiid with a yellowish head, and a row of distinct red saddles or bars separated by pale areas along the back, ending in a large red blotch on the upper part of the caudal peduncle. Males have an elongated third dorsal-fin spine.
This species was previously known as Pseudanthias flavoguttatus.

Video of Pseudanthias flavoguttata at New Caledonia.

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Pyronotanthias flavoguttatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 14 Jul 2024,

Yellow-spotted Anthias, Pyronotanthias flavoguttatus (Katayama & Masuda 1980)

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Australian territory of Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-west Pacific from Indonesia, Palau, the Marshall Islands north to Japan and south to New Caledonia. Forms large schools on deep reefs at depths to 100 m.


Dorsal fin X,15; Anal fin III,7.


The specific name flavoguttatus is from the Latin flavus (= yellow) and guttatus (= spotted) in reference to the small yellow spots that are arranged in irregular, wavy or broken horizontal lines along the body.

Species Citation

Anthias (Mirolabrichthys) flavoguttatus Katayama & Masuda 1980, Japan. J. Ichthyol. 27(3): 187, figs 2-3. Type locality Coast of Izu-Oshima, Japan.


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Yellow-spotted Anthias, Pyronotanthias flavoguttatus (Katayama & Masuda 1980)


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Allen, G.R., Steene, R., Human, P. & Deloach, N. 2003. Reef Fish Identification Tropical Pacific. Jacksonville, Florida : New World Publications, Inc. 457 pp. 

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp. 

Gill, A.C. 2022. Revised definitions of the anthiadine fish genera Mirolabrichthys Herre and Nemanthias Smith, with description of a new genus (Teleostei: Serranidae). Zootaxa 5092(1): 41-66.

Katayama, M. & Masuda, H. 1980. Two new anthiine fishes from Sagami Bay, Japan. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 27(3): 185-190.

Kuiter, R.H. 2004. Basslets, Hamlets and their relatives. A comprehensive guide to selected Serranidae and Plesiopidae. Chorleywood, UK : TMC Publishing 1, 216 pp. 

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Hobbs, J-P.A., Newman, S.J., Mitsopoulos, G.E.A., Travers, M.J., Skepper, C.L., Gilligan, J.J., Allen, G.R., Choat, H.J. & Ayling, A.M. 2014. Checklist and new records of Christmas Island fishes: the influence of isolation, biogeography and habitat availability on species abundance and community composition. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement 30: 184–202

Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. A comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia. Guam : Coral Graphics vi 330 pp. 192 pls.

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

Victor, B.C., Teitelbaum, A. & Randall, J.E. 2020. Pseudanthias timanoa, a new fairy basslet from New Caledonia, South Pacific (Teleostei: Serranidae: Anthiadinae). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 36: 6-15.

Williams, J.T., Lawrence, A. & Myers, R. 2016. Pseudanthias flavoguttatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T69590843A69592537. Downloaded on 01 June 2021.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37311203


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:18-100 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12 cm TL

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