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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Pseudanthias rubrizonatus
      Common Names: Red-belted Anthias, Red-girdled Anthias, Redband Anthias, Tricolor Anthias
      Max. size: 12.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 20 - 133 m
      Distribution: Western Pacific: Philippines, New Guinea, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Fiji, and the Great Barrier Reef.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 7. Juveniles recognized by lavender tipped dorsal spines. Similar to P. connelli in South Africa.
      Biology: Found in aggregations around isolated coral heads and rubble patches. Juveniles enter harbors and often on silty rocky reefs.
      Aquarium Care: This species is hardy and aggressive. Unless a very large tank it is best to keep solitary individuals. A group should contain 1 male with 8+ females. The Red-belted Anthias does not do well with other Anthias species or peaceful zooplanktivores. Feed a varied diet in order to keep the Red-belted Anthias from losing its coloration. Can be kept in either a deep water tank or shallow water 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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      Keywords: Red-belted Anthias; Red-girdled Redband Tricolor Anthias

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