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Japanese pinecone fish

Japanese pinecone fish

Dusky grouper

Dusky grouper

Damselfish

Damselfish

Thicklip grey mullet

Thicklip grey mullet

Black sea cucumber

Black sea cucumber

Blackbelt hogfish

Blackbelt hogfish

The Cherry Anthias

The Cherry Anthias

Moroccan white seabream

Moroccan white seabream

Two-banded seabream

Two-banded seabream

Swallowtail seaperch

Swallowtail seaperch

Facts

LatinAnthias anthias
Size27 cm
FoodCrustaceans and small fishes
HabitatCoral and stone reef
IUCN

Least concern

LocationThe Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic
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Changes sex

All swallowtail seaperch start out as females. When the females are old enough to give birth, they assemble in a harem dominated by a single male. If the male dies, the largest female changes sex and takes over the harem.

The male looks after the eggs

When the swallowtail seaperch needs to lay eggs, the male cleans the algae off the side of a rock, so the female can attach her eggs to it. The male guards all the eggs until they hatch.


Fish nursery

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