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      Marcia's Anthias
      Marcia's Anthias

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Pseudanthias marcia
      Max. size: 16.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 14 - 30 m
      Distribution: Western Indian Ocean: known only from the Gulf of Oman and southwestern coast of Oman.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 7. Caudal fin of females deeply emarginate; lower half of caudal fin of males rounded to truncate, upper half with a dorsal filament. Females orange-red in color, caudal lobe tips bright red, scale centers on lower part of body yellow becoming pale yellow or whitish on lower head and abdomen; males similar in body color but with red bar on upper side and a pale zone on upper caudal peduncle, caudal fin yellow becoming red posteriorly, dorsal filament red or yellow.
      Biology: Found on rocky bottoms.
      Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of hiding places and non-aggressive tankmates. Keep one male per tank. 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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