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Marine Animal Encyclopedia

Fairy Basslet Pseudanthias squamipinnis

Fairy basslets live around coral outcrops and dropoffs. The larger, more colorful males have a long filament at the front of the dorsal fin, and they defend a harem of females. As they grow larger, female fairy basslets change sex and turn into males.

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  • Order Perciformes
  • Length Up to 6 in (15 cm)
  • Weight Not recorded
  • Depth 0–180 m (0–55 m)
  • Distribution Red Sea and tropical waters of Indian Ocean and western Pacific
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