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      Registered: July 2003
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      Scientific Name: Pseudanthias hiva
      Max. size: 10.0 cm SL (male/unsexed); 6.0 cm SL (female)
      Environment: reef-associated; marine; depth range 10 - 34 m
      Distribution: Eastern Central Pacific: Marquesan Islands.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 17; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 7; Vertebrae: 26. Body depth 3-3.2 in SL; head length 3=3.2 in SL. No papillae on posterior edge of orbit. Front of upper lip of males without a prominent fleshy protuberance. Tenth dorsal spine longest, 2.05-2.3 in HL. Color of females orange shading to pink ventrally, the scales dorsally on body with dusky yellow centers, those ventrally with yellow; a narrow orange red bar on body below 8th dorsal spine ; a yellow-orange band, bordered below by violet, from lower part of eye to pectoral-fin base; dorsal fin orange with a violet margin; front half of anal fin magenta with a violet margin, the posterior half yellow, the lobe tips bright red. Color of body of males lavender-red dorsally, shading to pale lavender ventrally, the scales below lateral line with yellow centers; head orange-red above a bluish white line from lower edge of orbit to lower base of pectoral fin, pale orange below; dorsal fin translucent orange-yellow with a lavender margin; anal fin translucent lavender with a row of small yellow spots on membranes; caudal fin red, the upper and lower edges and filaments pink; pelvic fins light red. Scales above lateral line to 2nd dorsal spine 6, middle dorsal spines 3.5.
      Biology: Specimens collected over rocky substrata, usually at depths greater than 25 m; with the use of rotenone and quinaldine.
      Aquarium Care: Feeds on zooplankton. Not usually seen in the hobby. 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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