stocky anthias

Scientific name Pseudanthias hypselosoma
Descriptor Bleeker
Year of description 1878
IUCN category LC
Family Anthiadidae
Genus Pseudanthias
Pseudanthias hypselosoma Pseudanthias hypselosoma


Pseudanthias hypselosoma, commonly known as stocky anthias, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    15 cm
  • Maximum size
    19 cm
  • Shape
  • Average size
    15 cm
  • Maximum size
    19 cm
  • Shape

How to recognize the stocky anthias ?

The stocky anthias measures around 15 cm. The dominant males can however reach 19 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly rouge and orange body.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The stocky anthias is a fish gregarious naturally found near the bottom. The members of each group are organized around a well established hierarchy. This species is carnivorous .

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


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre
  • Hermaphrodite

The stocky anthias is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre. 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?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    22 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    6 - 50 m
  • Flow

Biotope presentation

The stocky anthias is most often found at a depth between 6m and 50m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

A review of the anthiine fish genus Pseudanthias (Perciformes: Serranidae) of the western Indian Ocean, with description of a new species and a key to the species - Phillip C. Heemstra - K. V. Akhilesh - aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology - 2011. aqua vol. 18 no. 121

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