Pseudanthias pleurotaenia (Bleeker, 1857)

Pseudanthias pleurotaenia is one of the rarest at Kwaj, although it may just be that they live deeper than we dive. The few we have seen were in the 40 to 45m range on the steep seaward slope. The male develops a squarish spot on each side, giving it the common name of squarespot anthias. Females are mostly yellow, but more attractive than usual for female anthias.

The orange one appears to be changing to male, but the lateral square spot has not yet developed.

Created 5 June 2010
Updated 25 April 2015

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