The orange fairy basslet forms large aggregations.
  • Size

    6 in (15 cm)
  • Diet

  • Range

    Indo-West Pacific
  • Habitat

    Coral reefs and lagoons

Physical Characteristics

  • Maximum length of 6 inches (15 cm).
  • Coloration varies from one location to another; ranges from yellow-orange to a deep pinkish red with a brighter pink bar extending from the eye to the base of the pectoral fin. Dorsal, pectoral, pelvic and caudal fins may have darker coloration of orange-red to red-pink.


Animal Fact

Orange fairy basslet males are territorial and form harems.

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of zooplankton.

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs in the Indo-West Pacific from the Red Sea and South Africa to Japan and Australia.
  • Found near coral reefs, and lagoons at depths of 180 feet (55 m).

Reproduction & Growth

  • Males are territorial and form harems. Males spawn nightly with females.
  • Protogynous hermaphrodite; females may change sex to replace males lost from a social group.

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Also known as the “lyretail anthias.”
  • Forms large aggregations.


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