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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Pseudanthias pulcherrimus
      Max. size: 7.0 cm SL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 33 - 35 m
      Distribution: Western Indian Ocean: Maldives, Chagos Archipelago, Seychelles, and Mauritius.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-16; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 7 Very similar to P.randalli, except P. pulcherimmus males are pink with a yellow band along the back and along the lower part of the side. Females are orange, shading to pink, with a yellow snout, dorsal fin, and caudal fin.
      Biology: Inhabits deep reefs.
      Aquarium Care: This species is uncommon in the hobby. Resplendent Anthias is a delicate species that does best when housed wtih small cardinalfish, flasher wrasses, assessors, fire gobies, dart gobies, shrimp gobies, and small fairy wrasses. When housed with more aggressive species, this species will hide and likely not eat (it is already a more difficult fish to get to feed). Live brine and baby guppies can be used to get some specimens to eat, as well as introducing larger specimens to a tank that contains acclimated P. dispar, or juvenile P. bartlettorum. This species should not be added to a system that contains adult P. bartlettorum, due to their aggressiveness. A small group of one male with several females should only be attempted in large 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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