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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Pseudanthias pictilis
      Max. size: 13.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 12 - 40 m
      Distribution: Western Pacific: New Caledonia, Lord Howe Island and the southern Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Reported from Norfolk Island.
      Biology: Occurs in aggregations above steep outer reef slopes.
      Aquarium Care: Temperature 21-26ºC, with plenty of swimming room and hiding places. This species can become aggressive towards other zooplankton feeders once it is used to its environment, however, upon acclimation, it should be kept with non-aggressive species. Live foods, such as Brine shrimp, may be required to induce a feeding response in the Painted Anthias. Can keep more than one, but only one male per tank. The male specimen may also pick on the females. The Painted Anthias will acclimate easier in a tank with lower lighting, but this species can be kept in a shallow water or deeper water aquarium. Anthias species all share the trait of being hermaphroditic. If a dominant male dies, the largest female of the social group will often morph to take its place.
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