Scalefin anthias
  • Pseudanthias squamipinnis
  • English Name : Scalefin anthias
  • Local Name : Kashikeyo mas
  • Size :Max. 15 cm
  • Family : Order : Specimen
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 16-18 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 6-7 rays. Pectoral fin 16-18 rays. Body depth 2.4-3.1 in standard length. Auxiliary scales present, fins heavily scaled. No papillae on edge of orbit, margin of sub-opercle and inter-opercle serrate. Third dorsal spine prolonged in adult females, greatly elongate in males. Caudal fin lunate. Colour: Females orange-yellow, the scales rimmed with lavender except ventrally. Males fuchsia, the scales on side of body with a yellow spot.
  • Habitat and Biology: A common coral reef species. Occurs at depths less than 35 m. Forms larger aggregations in-front of drop-offs in the water column. Feeds on plankton in the evening sun. Females much commoner than males.
  • Distribution: Indo-Pacific.
  • Remarks: Pseudanthias squamipinnis is the most common species of the genus on shallow reefs. Like other anthiids it is a popular aquarium fish.