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      Pseudanthias carlsoni
      Pseudanthias carlsoni

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      Registered: July 2003
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      Scientific Name: Pseudanthias carlsoni
      Max. size: 7.4 cm SL (male/unsexed); 6.21 cm SL (female)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 37 - 73 m
      Distribution: Western Central Pacific: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Loyalty Islands. Except those from Fiji, specimens collected are not listed as paratypes because of the difference in gill-raker counts.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 7; Vertebrae: 26. Body moderately deep, 2.7-3.1 in SL. Head length 3.05-3.2 in SL. Posterior edge of orbit without papillae. Caudal fin deeply emarginate to lunate, the caudal concavity 1.5-2.15 in head. Males without a fleshy protuberance at front of upper lip; third dorsal spine moderately elongate, 1.6-1.85 in HL. Females in life orange-pink with a vertically elongate dusky spot on each scale dorsally on body, the spots becoming yellow ventrally. Males pink, shading to orange anteriorly and pale lavender ventrally, with a red bar on side below 8th and 9th dorsal spines, the same yellow band on the head as females but brighter and a conspicuous red spot in dorsal fin between 6th and 7th or 8th spines.
      Biology: Occurs on moderately deep reefs
      Aquarium Care: Originating from the moderately deep reef, this species will do best in a dimly lit aquarium. 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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