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Peach Fairy Basslet

Pseudanthias dispar

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Pseudanthias dispar
Class: Fish
Length: 3 to 4 inches
Life span: 5+ years
Conservation status: Least concern
Number of offspring: Unknown

About

I LIVE IN THE INDO-PACIFIC OCEAN

The peach fairy basslet is native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They are frequently seen on the Australian coasts throughout the Great Barrier Reef, as well as near islands in southeast Asia.


I AM AN OMNIVORE

The peach fairy basslet’s diet consists widely of zooplankton, small aquatic organisms that move with the ocean current. They have also been known to consume a variety of very small crustaceans.


PEACH FAIRY BASSLETS ARE SOCIAL

Although the peach fairy basslet can often be found living in large groups of individuals, they are not very social with other fish species and are very protective of their space.


COLORFUL COUPLES

Male and female peach fairy basslets have very different appearances and are easily discernible. Male peach fairy basslets have much brighter coloration compared to their female counterparts, as well as a bright red and purple, sometimes streamer-like, dorsal fin.


HELPING THE PEACH FAIRY BASSLET IN THE WILD

By visiting the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, you are supporting local, regional, and global conservation.


I AM IMPORTANT TO MY ECOSYSTEM

The peach fairy basslet helps maintain the balance of the reef. Their consumption of zooplankton and minute crustaceans means they play an important role in controlling their growth and populations, something that boosts overall reef health.


 

Conservation

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