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Serranidae, Anthiinae

Pseudanthias dispar
Pseudanthias pleurotaenia
Serranocirrhites latus
Pseudanthias evansi

Pseudanthias randalli
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Species of Anthiasare highly sensitive to transport. Especially to the lowering of temperature of the water during the transport. The fishes catch a hypothermia of the swimming bladder. This again my lead the dead by infection. Evident there is still another cause. An injudicious catching can also be the cause of it. When Pseudanthias squamipinnis is moved to the surface of the water to fast a kind of tumbling swimming the consequence. This leads to the end.
Sexual difference: Males and female are to be distinguished at the colors. At Pseudanthias squamipinnis f.i. The females are colored orange/yellow where as the males often are powerful red. For the rest males have a red stain in the pectoral fins, whereas the rest of the fins is transparent. The anal fin are shining gold yellow and the ends of the tail fin are elongated. For the rest the third bone of the dorsal fin is strongly extended but that is not equal distinct with every male an not al the males have a red sting in the pectoral fins. Than it concerns a male that developed of a female. Just like wrasses, also anthiidae can change from female into male. That will happen if the beta-male for one ore another reason gets lost. Within no time the female with the highest position changes in a functional male. The development and the functioning of the sexual organs must be quick,

the change of the color on the other hand takes much longer. Even it can be interrupted when a stronger male takes over the group. Because the way back to a female, as far as I know, is impossible the changed fish stays a male. The specimen that are born as a male, that have the position of primary male, can take over the position of the leader when the situation occurs. Because of Pseudanthias is found in large schools in the natural habitat,it is not amazing that aggressive behavior to each other does not happen. Nevertheless I have to warn for putting together to many anthias in a tank that is to small. Just like in every school the struggle for the order will be fought irrevocable. A deformation, necessary because of there were new individuals fitted in an existing group in small tanks may under certain circumstances and in small tanks lead to the loss of the weakest member of the group. The struggle for the power can not to be prevented and does not always restrict itself to the males. The rivals are swimming next to each other than to catch each other with the beak at lightning speed Then they try to turn the adversary around his own axis, or at least push him away in this or that direction. This behavior lasts only some dozens of seconds After that they release each other and swim in different directions away from each other.