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      Registered: July 2003
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      Scientific Name: Pseudanthias bicolor
      Max. size: 13.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 5 - 68 m
      Distribution: Indo-Pacific: Mauritius to the Hawaiian and Line islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to the Loyalty Islands; Marshall and Caroline islands in Micronesia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-18; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 7-8. Male has elongated swcond and theird dorsal spines, with yellow-tips that are used for display. Felames only have the third dorsal spine prolonged.
      Biology: Relatively uncommon inhabitant of lagoon patch reefs and outer reef slopes. Found in deep coastal to outer reef slopes, in current prone areas. It occurs in small groups above coral outcrops or near crevices or ledges.
      Aquarium Care: An easier to keep species, in which young anthias acclimate better than large adults. The Bicolor Anthias will not harm inverts, and will acclimate easier with less intense lighting (can be acclimated to higher lighting). If the Bicolor Anthias is introduced first, adults can be kept with fish that are moderately aggressive, such as surgeonfish, small to medium dottybacks, and pygmy angelfish. A group (1 male with 8+ females) can be kept in a very large tank. This species is prone to lose its coloration unless fed a diet with enriched foods that are high in carotenoids. Anthias species all share the trait of being hermaphroditic. If a dominant male perishes, the largest female of the group will often morph to take its place.
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