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Carberryi anthias

Nemanthias carberryi

Description: The Carberryi anthias (Nemanthias carberryi), also known as the Threadfin anthias, differ in color between the male and female. The male is purple on the head and abdomen area; its back and tail are yellow. The female varies in coloration shades of pink, orange and yellow.

Size: This anthias reaches a maximum size of three inches (7.5 cm).

Behavior: Carberryi anthias live in small schools composed of a dominant male and his harem of females. Males are territorial and will defend their harems. Anthias are hermaphroditic – if the dominant male dies, the largest female changes sex and takes his place.

Diet: The Carberryi anthias feed on zooplankton and floating filamentous algae.

Reproduction: Spawning is pelagic and eggs are fertilized externally

Habitat/range: Carberryi anthias inhabit coastal waters, lagoons and coral reefs, forming large aggregations over coral outcrops. They are found in the western part of the Indian Ocean – widespread east to the Maldives and south to South Africa.

Status: The Carberryi anthias has not yet been assessed for the IUCN Red List.