These Red Sea fairy basslets, Pseudanthias squamipinnis, are protogynous: they begin life as females (the bright orange coloured fishes) and a small number will change into males (the darker fish in the lower centre of the picture with the elongated dorsal fin spine). Females tend to outnumber males by about ten to one. The males are thought to operate a harem system on their particular coral head. Egyptian Red Sea.


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These Red Sea fairy basslets, Pseudanthias squamipinnis, are protogynous: they begin life as females (the bright orange coloured fishes) and a small number will change into males (the darker fish in the lower centre of the picture with the elongated dorsal fin spine). Females tend to outnumber males by about ten to one. The males are thought to operate a harem system on their particular coral head. Egyptian Red Sea.
Credit to: BluePlanetArchive / Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch

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