Pseudanthias lori (Lubbock & Randall, 1976)
Lori's anthias
Pseudanthias lori
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets), subfamily: Anthiinae
Max. size:  12 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 7 - 70 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific Ocean: Christmas Island (Ref. 30874) and Rowley Shoals in the eastern Indian Ocean to the Tuamoto Islands, north to Japan, south to the northern Great Barrier Reef and Loyalty Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-17; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 7-8. Young and females with series of red blotches over the back below the soft part of the dorsal fin, followed by a red streak onto the tail (Ref. 48635). Description: Characterized by having greatest depth of body at 3.6-4.1 in SL; presence of fleshy protuberance at front of upper lip in male; prolonged third dorsal spine in male; lunate caudal fin, lobes of male often filamentous; elongate filaments of pelvic fin in male (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Usually in small groups on drop-offs from 30 to 60 m or in the vicinity of caves or ledges of steep outer reef slopes. Feeds on crustacean larvae and fish eggs (Ref. 89972).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 March 2015 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 20.02.93
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 10.10.14
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 14.09.95

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