red-bar anthias

Scientific name Pseudanthias cooperi
Descriptor Regan
Year of description 1902
IUCN category LC
Family Anthiadidae
Genus Pseudanthias
Pseudanthias cooperi Pseudanthias cooperi


Pseudanthias cooperi, commonly known as red-bar anthias, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    12 cm
  • Maximum size
    14 cm
  • Shape
  • Average size
    12 cm
  • Maximum size
    14 cm
  • Shape

How to recognize the red-bar anthias ?

The red-bar anthias measures around 12 cm. The dominant males can however reach 14 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly rouge, jaune, orange, rose and violet body.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in shoals
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The red-bar anthias is a fish living in shoals naturally found near the bottom. The members of each group are organized around a well established hierarchy. This species is planctophage .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. However, the red-bar anthias has little concern for non-territorial animals.


  • Reproduction
  • Hermaphrodite

The red-bar anthias is a fish ovipare. always born female. Growing up, individuals will change sex to become male, this is called successive hermaphroditism of the protogynous type.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    10 - 91 m

Biotope presentation

The red-bar anthias is most often found at a depth between 10m and 91m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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