Also known as Anthias, Basslet, Goldie, Jewel Fairy Basslet, Lyretail Anthias, Lyretail Coralfish, Lyretail Fairy Basslet, Orange Basslet, Orange Fairy Basslet, Orange Sea Perch, Rainbow, Red Coral Perch, Scalefin Anthias, Scalefin Basslet, Scalefin Fairy Basslet, Sea Perch.
Found in large harems, sometimes sheltering with moray eels, around coral outcrops and patch reefs, in clear channels, lagoons, and outer reef slopes.
They feed on zooplankton
Length - 15cm
Depth - 0-55m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific
Anthias are often found in large schools, often in their hundreds or thousands, feeding high above the reef on zooplankton.
They start their life off as females, and when there is an opening for a male, will change to head up their harem of females.
Males are much more colourful, and often have filamentous streamers which they use for their mating dance, and to deter other males. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/6568