Animal Species:Pacific Basslet, Pseudanthias huchtii (Bleeker, 1857)

The Pacific Basslet has a distinctive colour pattern. The species occurs from the Philippines through to the northern Great Barrier Reef and east to Vanuatu.

Standard Common Name

Pacific Basslet

Alternative Name/s

Hucht's Fairy Basslet, Threadfin Anthias

Identification

The Pacific Basslet has a distinctive colour pattern and an elongated third dorsal fin spine and caudal fin lobes. Males have a prominent orange stripe from the eye to the middle of the pectoral fin. They also have a wide maroon band on the outer margin of the pelvic fin. Females and juveniles are greenish-yellow.

Size range

The species grows to 12 cm in length.

Distribution

The Pacific Basslet occurs from the Philippines through to the northern Great Barrier Reef and east to Vanuatu.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Pseudanthias huchtii

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Pacific Basslet specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species is often seen in aggregations above dropoffs on outer reef crests.

Mating and reproduction

Females greatly outnumber males.

Classification

Species:
huchtii
Genus:
Pseudanthias
Family:
Serranidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  4. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Pacific Basslet, Pseudanthias huchtii, Serranidae, Ichthyology, Hucht's Fairy Basslet, Threadfin Anthias, Great Barrier Reef, orange stripe, stripes or bands, 10 cm - 30 cm, outer reef crests, marine,