Animal Species:Redstripe Basslet, Pseudanthias fasciata (Kamohara, 1954)

The Redstripe Basslet can be recognised by the broad red stripe along the side of the body. In Australia it is known from northern to southern Queensland but is most commonly seen on the Great Barrier Reef.

Redstripe Basslet (male) displaying courtship colours

Ian Shaw © Ian Shaw

Standard Common Name

Redstripe Basslet

Alternative Name/s

Red-stripe Sea-perch, Red-stripe Seaperch, Striped Anthias

Identification

The Redstripe Basslet can be recognised by the broad red stripe along the side of the body from the operculum to the caudal peduncle. There are rows of yellow spots along the lower sides of the body.

Size range

The species grows to 21 cm in length.

Distribution

The Redstripe Basslet is found in tropical marine waters of the Indo-Pacific. In Australia it is known from northern to southern Queensland but is most commonly seen on the Great Barrier Reef.

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 fasciata

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Redstripe Basslet specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species occurs mostly on coral reefs in depths between 20 m and 68 m.

Classification

Species:
fasciata
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. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
  5. Michael, S.W. 1998. Reef Fishes. Volume 1. A Guide to Their Identification, Behaviour, and Captive Care. Microcosm. Pp. 624.
  6. 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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