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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Pseudanthias bartlettorum
      Max. size: 9.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 4 - 30 m
      Distribution: Western Pacific: Palau, Kosrae in Caroline Islands, Kwajalein in Marshall Islands, Nauru and Fanning Islands in Kiribati.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-18; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 7 Females have a yellow back and caudal fin and a lavender body. There is a narrow violet line on the top of the head, along the anterior dorsal fin base. Males are violet with a yellow band starting just behind the eye, running along the back and onto the upper caudal lobe. The lower caudal lobe is also bright yellow.
      Biology: Forms groups that typically consist of several males and 30 or more females and juveniles. Also forms aggregations with the Pseudanthias dispar, Luzonichthys whitleyi, Lepidozygus tapeinosoma and the Ecsenius midas. All these species have similar coloration of yellow dorsally and pink ventrally when associating together (social mimicry).
      Aquarium Care: This species is one of the easiest of anthias to keep in captivity. Provide plenty of swimming room in the upper portion of the tank, as well as, a lot of hiding spots, and non-aggressive or non-competitive tankmates. The Bartlett's Anthias can be belligerent towards other anthias, and other zooplankton feeders of a similar shape. Males shouldn't be kept with members of their own kind, or even other males of the genus, except in larger tanks. Anthias species all share the trait of being hermaphroditic. If a dominant male perishes, the largest female of the group will often morph to take its place.
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