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      Registered: July 2003
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      Scientific Name: Pseudanthias townsendi
      Max. size: 9.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: demersal; marine; depth range 15 - 63 m
      Distribution: Western Indian Ocean: Persian Gulf to southern Oman and southern Iran.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-17; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 7-8
      Biology: Found on rocky bottom.
      Aquarium Care: Keep only one male per tank. Provide plenty of water movement, hiding places, and non-aggressive tankmates to make acclimation easier. Very similar to P. taeniatus, except P. townsendi males have a crimson red semicircular band on the outer edge of the tail, which is bordered by luminescent blue bands. 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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