Purple-tip Anthias, Pseudanthias paralourgus Gill, Pogonoski, Johnson & Tea 2021


Fresh holotype of the Purple-tip Anthias, Pseudanthias paralourgus, QM I.38668, 134.0 mm SL, a male from off Cape Moreton, Queensland. Source: Jeff Johnson, Fig. 2, in Gill et al. (2021) Zootaxa 4996(1): 49–82. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
Males have pink mostly horizontal vermiculate lines on the ventral and posterior body and the distal tips of the caudal fin are broadly pink-purple.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Pseudanthias paralourgus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Sep 2021, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/5611

Purple-tip Anthias, Pseudanthias paralourgus Gill, Pogonoski, Johnson & Tea 2021

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Distribution

Endemic to southeastern Queensland, off Coolum to east of Cape Moreton.

Colour

Male (from a photograph): head and body orange, becoming yellow ventrally on body and pale yellow on head; a broad pink oblique band extending from behind eye and occiput to anterior body, edged ventrally by bright pink to silvery pink stripe extending from midposterior edge of eye to upper part of pectoral base; second bright pink to silvery pink stripe extending from first infraorbital to lower part of pectoral base; area between pink stripes orange-yellow; iris bright yellow, edged with bright pink to dark purple; broad pink band on head and body breaking into mostly horizontal vermiculate lines, which cover most of ventral and posterior body including caudal peduncle; spinous portion of dorsal fin bright yellow, anterior three spines mostly bright red to bright purple-pink distally, pink becoming confined to distal tips of more posterior spines; membrane between anterior spines each with a small purple-pink spot basally, these becoming elongate streaks on more posterior spines; anal fin and soft portion of dorsal fin bright yellow, narrowly bright pink distally, with variously sized bright pink spots or streaks along each ray; caudal fin bright yellow, bright pink-purple broadly on tips and narrowly on edges of fin lobes, the basal part of fin with bright pink spots and short streaks along each fin ray; pelvic fins pink ? (not visible in colour photo); pectoral fins deep pink basally, the remainder of fins pinkish hyaline. 
Colour of females in life is unknown.

Etymology

The specific name paralourgus is from the Greek para (= beside, near) and halourgos (= made from the sea), in reference to the distinctive purple-tipped caudal fin lobes. Halourgus is a purple dye obtained from certain marine molluscs.

Species Citation

Pseudanthias paralourgus Gill, Pogonoski, Johnson & Tea 2021, Zootaxa 4996(1): 53, Figs 2-3. Type locality: Australia, Queensland, off Cape Moreton, 27°03′S, 153°33′E, 110–114 m.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2021

Purple-tip Anthias, Pseudanthias paralourgus Gill, Pogonoski, Johnson & Tea 2021

References


Gill, A.C., Pogonoski, J.J., Johnson, J.J. & Tea, Y.K. 2021. Three new species of Australian anthiadine fishes, with comments on the monophyly of Pseudanthias Bleeker (Teleostei: Serranidae) Zootaxa 4996(1): 49–82 https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4996.1.2

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Depth:110-119 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:13.4 cm SL

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