Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    fasciata
    Genus
    Pseudanthias
    Family
    Serranidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 21 cm in length.

Introduction

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.

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.

Habitat

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

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

Ozcam map of Redstripe Basslet specimens in the Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=Pseudanthias%20fasciata&zoom=off#mapView

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.