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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Pseudanthias smithvanizi
      Max. size: 9.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 6 - 70 m
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific: Cocos-Keeling Islands, north to the Philippines and south to the Great Barrier Reef; Palau and southern Marshall Islands in Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-17; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 7-8. Appears more blue underwater and recognized by the yellow scribbles along the body. Males have a pink band on the upper lobe of the caudal fin, while females have red tail lobes. On each scale, there is a yellow spot (except those on the ventrum), and there aren't red bars on the back (like P. lori).
      Biology: Large aggregations occur on steep outer reef slopes and drop-offs
      Aquarium Care: Provide plenty of hiding places and non-aggressive tankmates. This species is not an easy one to keep in captivity. It ideally should be kept in a larger tank, and in a small group (1 male with 7 females). The Princess Anthias does best in a deep water aquarium with dim lighting, as it does not adapt well to the intense lighting of shallow water tanks. 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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