mirror basslet

Scientific name Pseudanthias pleurotaenia
Descriptor Bleeker
Year of description 1857
IUCN category LC
Family Anthiadidae
Genus Pseudanthias
Pseudanthias pleurotaenia Pseudanthias pleurotaenia


Pseudanthias pleurotaenia, commonly known as mirror basslet, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    18 cm
  • Maximum size
    20 cm
  • Shape
  • Average size
    18 cm
  • Maximum size
    20 cm
  • Shape

How to recognize the mirror basslet ?

The mirror basslet measures around 18 cm. The dominant males can however reach 20 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly orange 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 mirror basslet 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 carnivorous .

Although slightly territorial, the mirror basslet is a rather peaceful animal that generally behaves in a peaceful manner with other species. Parades or even small jousts may occur between different members of the group until a hierarchy is established.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert

The mirror basslet is a fish ovipare qui pond sur substrat découvert.

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
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 25 m
  • Flow
    Strong and Medium

Biotope presentation

The mirror basslet is most often found at a depth between 0m and 25m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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