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Mystery "tall, short-bodied" anthias

By Leonard Ho - Posted Feb 16, 2015 10:00 AM
We have a head scratcher. Christina Jayne of Union City (CA) LFS Baja Reef photographed this anthias or perchlet acquired at a wholesaler. But what species is it? Is it a hybrid? A juvenile of a large fish? A deformity? Unfortunately, the wholesaler did not have any information about this specimen.
Mystery "tall, short-bodied" anthias

Looks like a compressed anthias, doesn't it?

Here we have what appears to be an unidentified serranid with an uncommon laterally flattened body form.  Notable features include a pale white/magenta eyestripe, polka dots throughout the entire dorsal and anal fins, magenta outline for all its fins (including its emarginate caudal fin), and three indistinct light, broad stripes towards the anterior of its body.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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