Overview

Distribution

Western Indian Ocean: Maldives.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16; Analspines: 3; Analsoft rays: 7; Vertebrae: 26
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Size

Max. size

4.8 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 86964))
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Diagnostic Description

This species is distinguished by the following characters: D X,16; A III, 7; pectoral-fin rays 16-17 (usually 17); lateral-line scales 42-43; gill rakers 10-11 + 22-24; body depth 3.0-3.3 in SL; head length 2.9-3.1 in SL; papillae on posterior edge of orbit; no serrae on edge of subopercle nor on interopercle; snout length 3.75-4.45 in HL; front of upper lip thickened and moderately protuberant; bony interorbital width 3.45-3.75 in HL; 4th to 10th dorsal spines subequal, 2.15-2.8 in HL; caudal fin lunate, 2.4-2.55 in SL; color of males lavender-pink, the head yellow dorsally with narrow magenta bands, caudal fin red with broad, upper and lower lavender-blue margins; color of females mainly yellow with flecks of magenta, the head with the same magenta bands as male, and fins mainly yellow with a narrow magenta margin (Ref. 86964).
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Type Information

Paratype for Pseudanthias bimarginatus Heemstra & Randall
Catalog Number: USNM 398058
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Preparation: Radiograph
Collector(s): J. Randall, R. Anderson & M. Adam
Year Collected: 1988
Locality: Maldive Islands, North Male Atoll, logoon, Furana Island, east side., Maldives, Indian
Depth (m): 48
  • Paratype: Randall, J. E. 2011. Smithiana: Bulletin. 13: 80, Pl. 1 A-C.
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range ? - 48 m (Ref. 86964)
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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