Animal Species:Mirror Basslet, Pseudanthias pleurotaenia (Bleeker, 1857)
Male Mirror Basslets can be recognised by the violet-coloured square on the side of the body and the long third dorsal fin spine.
Standard Common Name
Blotched Fairy Basslet, Squarespot Anthias
Male Mirror Basslets can be recognised by the violet-coloured square on the side of the body and the long third dorsal fin spine. Females and juveniles are yellow to orange with two violet to red stripes across the cheek and along the ventral surface of the body. Both sexes have a lunate caudal fin.
The species grows to about 20 cm in length.
The species occurs in coral reef and inshore tropical waters of the East Indian to Central Pacific Oceans. In Australia the Mirror Basslet is known from the offshore islands of north-western Western Australia and north-eastern Queensland.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
The species is usually seen at depths greater than 20 m.
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- 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.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- 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
Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Mirror Basslet, Pseudanthias pleurotaenia, Serranidae, Blotched Fairy Basslet, Squarespot Anthias, violet-coloured square, yellow, orange, stripes or bands, 10 cm - 30 cm, inshore water, tropical water,