The sea goldie (Pseudanthias squamipinnis), also known as the orange basslet, lyretail coralfish, lyretail anthias, lyretail fairy basslet, orange fairy basslet, orange seaperch, scalefin basslet, scalefin fairy basslet and scalefin anthias, is a species of marine ray-finned fish, an anthias from the subfamily Anthiinae part of the family Serranidae, the groupers and sea basses. It has a wide Indo-Pacific distribution. It is found in the aquarium trade.
- Female: Length up to 7 cm (2.75 in), orange/gold color with violet streak below the eye
- Male: Length up to 15 cm (5.9 in), fuchsia color with elongated third ray of the dorsal fin, a red patch on the pectoral fin, and elongated margins of the tail
The sea goldie feeds primarily on zooplankton. Like other anthias, the sea goldie is a protogynous hermaphrodite; a male retains a harem of five to 10 females, but when the male dies, one of the females will undergo sex reversal and take the place of the missing male. Spawning occurs at sunset, between December and February (in the Red Sea).
The fish lives around coral outcrops in clear lagoons, patch reefs, and steep slopes to a depth of 35 m, often found in the company of Chromis dimidiata. They are often found in very large schools above the reef.
Video Game appearances
- Williams, J.T.; Lawrence, A. & Myers, R. (2016). "Pseudanthias squamipinnis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T69591800A69592809. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T69591800A69592809.en. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
- Lieske, E. and Myers, R.F. (2004) Coral reef guide; Red Sea London, HarperCollins ISBN 0-00-715986-2
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2007). "Pseudanthias squamipinnis" in FishBase. 5 2007 version.
- Siliotti, A. (2002). Fishes of the Red Sea. Verona, Geodia ISBN 88-87177-42-2
- "Endless Ocean". Giantbomb. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
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- Photos of Sea goldie on Sealife Collection