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Amethyst Anthias

Pseudanthias pascalus (Jordan & Tanaka 1927)

Comprehensive Description

    Biology
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    More common at oceanic islands than on continental reefs. Occurs in large groups around coral outcrops and caves of outer reef slopes. Feeds on copepods and other planktonic crustaceans or crustacean larvae and fish eggs (Ref. 9710, 37816).

Morphology

    Morphology
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    Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15 - 17; Analspines: 3; Analsoft rays: 7 - 8

Diagnostic Description

    Diagnostic Description
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    Description: Characterized by purple to violet color with numerous small dark blue to orange spots; red-orange band on snout to pectoral fin base; female similar, but lacks spots and has shorter dorsal, anal and pelvic fins; greatest depth of body 2.9-3.4 in SL; presence of fleshy protuberance at front of upper lip in male; no prolonged dorsal spine; deeply forked caudal fin with prolonged lobes in male (Ref. 90102).

Trophic Strategy

    Trophic Strategy
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    Found inshore (Ref. 75154).

Threats

    Threats
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    Least Concern (LC)