Anthias (genus)

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Anthias anthias
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Serranidae
Subfamily: Anthiadinae
Genus: Anthias
Bloch, 1792

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Anthias is a genus of colourful fishes in the subfamily Anthiadinae. Most species are found at deep reefs in the tropical and subtropical Atlantic, often well below depths reachable to a scuba diver. A single species, A. noeli, is found at deep reefs in the East Pacific.[1]

They are red, pink, orange, or yellow, and the largest species reach 29 cm (11 in) in length.[1] They typically occur in groups that feed on zooplankton.


In the past, this genus included far more species, but these have now been moved to other genera, for example Callanthias, Odontanthias, and Pseudanthias. Based on FishBase, these species are currently included in Anthias:[1]


  1. ^ a b c Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Anthias in FishBase. June 2012 version.
  2. ^ a b Anderson, William D. Jr.; Heemstra, Phillip C. (1980). "Two New Species of Western Atlantic Anthias (Pisces: Serranidae), Redescription of A. asperilinguis and Review of Holanthias martinicensis". Copeia. 1980 (1): 72–87. doi:10.2307/1444135. JSTOR 1444135.