Anthias anthias (Linnaeus, 1758)
Swallowtail seaperch
Anthias anthias
photo by Wirtz, P.

Family:  Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets), subfamily: Anthiinae
Max. size:  27 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range - 300 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Mediterranean and Portugal to Angola, including the Azores. Range reported to extend south to northern Namibia (Ref. 27121).
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Lives amongst rocks, gravel, coral (Ref. 2683) and in submarine caves on the continental shelf and upper slope. Nocturnal. Feeds on crustaceans and small fishes. Protogynous.
IUCN Red List Status: (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Papasissi, Christine - 22.10.90
Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 28.06.08
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 01.09.94

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