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    Rare fire red Aurora Anthias (Pseudanthias calloura) Pops up at Vessel

    Described in 2001 by Ida and Sakaue, Pseudanthias calloura is a relatively new species to the scientific community and even newer to the aquarists. P. calloura was first seen in 1996 at a depth of 50m in Palau. Later that year one male and two females were collected, making up the holotype and paratypes to then [...]

    Described in 2001 by Ida and Sakaue, Pseudanthias calloura is a relatively new species to the scientific community and even newer to the aquarists. P. calloura was first seen in 1996 at a depth of 50m in Palau. Later that year one male and two females were collected, making up the holotype and paratypes to then be described. Since the species discovery it has become a coveted Central Pacific species for divers and recently its been noted by aquarium enthusiasts–and rightfully so.

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    Pseudanthias calloura post acclimation at Vessel 1997.

    P. calloura is also known as the Aurora Anthias for it’s fire red and cadmium orange pigmentation that contrasts with vibrant lavender undertones across its body. It has entered the trade before, with specimens going top paying Asian stores. This time Vessel 1997, a well known aquarium pro shop in Japan, snapped a great photo of this $330USD gem. To no surprise, a local aquarist informed us this fish sold quickly.

    Literature available on the Aurora Anthias describes its deep water habitat of over 150ft. Very few have had hands on experience caring for this species, but should you get the chance make sure you’ve got a chiller. Many, if not all, deepwater fish can tolerate cooler water much better than they can warmer temperatures.

    In the wild P. calloura is found in groups consisting of one male and multiple females. Most Pseudanthias will adapt to captivity when kept individually, but imagine a shoal!  and then your bank account.

    For more information on this unique fish see the Ida and Sakaue’s original article: [PDF] Pseudanthias calloura (Teleostei: Perciformes), a new serranid fish from Palau, Central Pacific.

    [Vessel 1997Thanks Tomoya!]

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    • Walts

      beautiful fish