The orange fairy basslet forms large aggregations.
  • Size

    6 in (15 cm)
  • Diet

    Zooplankton
  • Range

    Indo-West Pacific from the Red Sea and South Africa to the Western South Pacific, north to Japan and south to Australia
  • Habitat

    Coral reefs and lagoons

Physical Characteristics

Size

  • Maximum length of six inches (15 cm).

Color

  • 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 forms harems.

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of zooplankton.

Range / Habitat

Range

  • Occurs in the Indo-West Pacific from the Red Sea and South Africa to the small island nation of Niue in the Western South Pacific, north to Japan and south to Australia.

Habitat

  • Found near coral reefs, lagoons at depths to 180 feet (55 m).

Reproduction & Growth

Reproduction

  • Male is territorial and forms harems. Male spawns nightly with females.

Growth

  • A protogynous hermaphrodite; female may change sex to replace males lost from a social group.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

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

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