Swallowtail Basslet, Serranocirrhitus latus Watanabe 1949

Other Names: Coral Perch, Hawk Anthias, Sunburst Anthias

A Swallowtail Basslet, Serranocirrhitus latus, on Bougainville Reef in the Coral Sea, July 2015. Source: Ian Shaw / iNaturalist.org. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A deep-bodied pinkish basslet with a bright yellow to orange mark on each scale, two yellow diagonal bands radiating from the eye, and a bright yellow spot on the gill cover.

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Swallowtail Basslet, Serranocirrhitus latus Watanabe 1949

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Recorded in Australia from the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and reefs in the Coral Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical east-Indo-west Pacific. 
Individuals or small groups are susally seen around cave entrances, ledges and drop-offs, often swimming upside down.


This species has experienced population declines in parts of its range (not in Australia) due to its popularity as an aquarium fish.

Species Citation

Serranocirrhitus latus Watanabe, 1949, Bull. Biogeograph. Soc. Japan 14(4): 17. Type locality: Okinawa, Japan.


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Australian Faunal Directory

Swallowtail Basslet, Serranocirrhitus latus Watanabe 1949


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37311130

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:5-70 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:13 cm TL

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