Sunday, May 25, 2008
Bicolor Anthias, Island of Oahu
Anthias are members of the family Serranidae and make up the subfamily Anthiinae. Anthias make up a sizeable portion of the population of pink, orange and yellow reef fishes seen swarming in most coral reef photography and film.
Basslets or Anthias are among our favorites. These little groupers are quite rare in Hawai’i at deeper scuba depths and normally shy away from cameras. They feed upon zooplankton at current-swept ledges, pinnacles and wrecks. Males maintain harems of smaller, somewhat less-colorful females. Four species most likely to be seen by divers are shown here; several more live in very deep water