Size6 in (15 cm)
RangeIndo-West Pacific from the Red Sea and South Africa to the Western South Pacific, north to Japan and south to Australia
HabitatCoral reefs and lagoons
- Maximum length of six 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.
Orange fairy basslet males are territorial and forms harems.
- Diet consists of zooplankton.
- 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.
- Found near coral reefs, lagoons at depths to 180 feet (55 m).
- Male is territorial and forms harems. Male spawns nightly with females.
- A protogynous hermaphrodite; female may change sex to replace males lost from a social group.
- “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.
- Also known as the “lyretail anthias.”
- Forms large aggregations.