Purple Anthias

Common Name: Purple Anthias

Common Name: Purple Anthias


The colouration of the Purple Anthias differs between the sexes. Both males and females are deep pink to purple, however females have a bright yellow stripe on the back that extends onto the caudal fin. Males have a purple blotch on the base of the soft dorsal fin and elongated soft dorsal fin rays.


This species grows to 12cm in length.

The Purple Anthias is usually seen in large aggregations along the upper edge of drop-offs and steep outer reef slopes. This fish is usually seen at depths of 7m to 25m.

Location or Region Found

It occurs in tropical marine waters of South-east Asia, from the Philippines to Australia and east to Fiji and the Society Islands.

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