Pseudanthias cooperi (Regan, 1902)
Pseudanthias cooperi (Regan, 1902)

Scientific Name: Pseudanthias cooperi

English Name: Red-bar anthias

Creole Name:

French Name: Anthias à tache rouge

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 10; Dorsal rays: 15-17; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 7-8. 

Small, moderately full-bodied basslet. 

Males are reddish with a silvery stripe below the eye onto the gill cover. A red rectangular blotch on the flank. Anal fin is yellow. Pelvic and anal fins have elongate 
filaments. Caudal fin red with long silvery blue filaments.

Females and juveniles are reddish dorsally fading to yellowish-orange on the flanks and then pale pink ventrally, a mostly red caudal fin with distinct 
red tips, a clear or whitish anal fin and no red bar on flanks.


Maturity: Unknown. Max length: 14.0 cm TL. Commonly to 12.0 cm TL. 

Habitat and Ecology:

Occurs on open substrate with low reef and remote bommies (depth 5 - 100 m, usually 10 - 60 m). Juveniles inhabit shallow water, coastal reefs. This 
species forms aggregations along current-swept drop-offs. 

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is not subject to the artisanal fishery.


First recorded in Seychelles in 1992 in the central archipelago and 1993 in the Amirantes (Randall & Egmond 1994).
Lead photo courtesy Eleanor Brighton and Chris Mason-Parker (c) 2022 Blue Safari Seychelles/Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles. 
Photograph taken at Alphonse group 2022.


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Nevill, J.E.G., Brighton, E. & Mason-Parker, C. (2023). Pseudanthias cooperi, Red-bar anthias. Seychelles Seatizens.

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