Pseudanthias pleurotaenia 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Serranidae

Scientific Name: Pseudanthias pleurotaenia (Bleeker, 1857)
Common Name(s):
English Mirror Basslet
Pseudanthias sheni Randall & Allen, 1989
Taxonomic Notes: This species was formerly known as Pseudanthias sheni.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-04
Assessor(s): Heemstra, P.C. & Sadovy, Y.J.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M.
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, H., Lutz, M., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Smith, J. & Livingston, F.
Pseudanthias sheni has been assessed as Least Concern. This species is widely distributed throughout Indonesia and northern Australia where it has been described as common on coral reefs. It may be undergoing localised declines in abundance owing to habitat degradation and collection for the aquarium trade, however these threats are not known across its entire range. This species is abundant in areas of its range.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Pseudanthias pleurotaenia is widespread through Indonesia and northern Australia (Kuiter 2004).
Countries occurrence:
Australia; Indonesia
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – southwest; Pacific – western central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):46
Upper depth limit (metres):25
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:Pseudanthias pleurotaenia is common on coral reefs in Indonesia and northern Australia (P. C. Heemstra pers. comm. 2009).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Pseudanthias pleurotaenia is associated with coral reef habitats on the outer reef slope at a depth range of 25 - 46 m. It forms aggregations above the reef where it feeds on zooplankton (P. C. Heemstra pers. comm. 2009).
Congregatory:Congregatory (and dispersive)

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is occasionally harvested for the aquarium trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Pseudanthias pleurotaenia is harvested for the aquarium trade, although this is unlikely to be driving a significant population decline. It may be undergoing further localised declines in abundance as a result of habitat degradation owing to coastal development and pollution, however these threats are not known throughout its entire range.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for Pseudanthias sheni, however its distribution may coincide with a number of marine protected areas including the Rowley Shoals Marine Park.

Errata [top]

Errata reason: This errata assessment has been created because the map was accidentally left out of the version published previously.

Classifications [top]

9. Marine Neritic -> 9.8. Marine Neritic - Coral Reef -> 9.8.1. Outer Reef Channel

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:Yes
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education

Bibliography [top]

Environment Australia. 2000. Mermaid Reef Marine National Nature Reserve Plan of Management.

Froese, R. and Pauly, D. 2006. FishBase. Available at:

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.4). Available at: (Accessed: 27 October 2010).

IUCN. 2017. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017-1. Available at: (Accessed: 27 April 2017).

Randall, J.E. and Allen, G.R. 1989. Pseudanthias sheni, a new serranid fish from Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef, Western Australia. Revue Francaise d'Aquariologie 15(3): 73-78.

Wood, L.J. 2007. MPA Global: A Database of the World's Marine Protected Areas. Available at:

Citation: Heemstra, P.C. & Sadovy, Y.J. 2010. Pseudanthias pleurotaenia (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T158627A115303031. . Downloaded on 23 September 2018.
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