Lori Anthias


Lori Anthias or Tiger Queen Anthias

  • Lori Anthias
  • Pseudanthias lori
  • Care: Intermediate
  • Diet: Carnivorous Planktivore
  • Group Size: Alone or 1 male to 3+ females
  • Place of origin: Indo- Pacific Ocean
  • Coral Safe: Generally yes
  • Critter Safe: Generally yes
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Lori Anthias, Pseudanthias lori, also go by the name Tiger Queen Anthias. These are extremely attractive fish. All Lori Anthias have soft pink bodies with a series of broad red stripes running across their back. The last red stripe runs horizontally across the caudal peduncle. Male Lori Anthias are more decorative than the females. In addition to the red stripes, the males are adorned with bright yellow scribbles. They also have protruding snouts.

Lori Anthias or Tiger Queen Anthias Ecology.

These fish range from: Japan, Rowley Shoals and the Tuamoto Islands, in the Indo- Pacific Ocean. They live on and around: coral reefs, steep slopes, channels, drop offs or caves. The complex structures help the fish dodge predators. When feeling threatened, they will quickly vanish and anchor themselves into nooks and crannies.

In nature, Lori Anthias feed passively, as do most types of Anthias. Which means they stay in relatively still positions, while facing the current. When Pelagic zooplankton drifts towards them in the water, the fish snatch their food up. With this method, the hunters easily get hold of small critters and eggs, while using up the smallest amount of energy possible. Feeding is fairly constant, although other behaviours punctuate this activity.

These are fish that live in social groups, with one male to around 5 or more females. Lori Anthias are also protogynous hermaphrodites. Which means when the top male dies, the largest female in the group will turn male. It will then become the new breeding male. As a result, all juvenile Lori Anthias, are in fact immature females.

Pseudanthias lori In the Aquarium. 

It is important to have good currents and regular feeding in order to imitate the natural environment. A wave maker can help with this. Hobbyists should think about using a jump guard to stop any unfortunate mishaps.

Lori Anthias do best when fed a varied diet. They will accept frozen mysis shrimp and enriched frozen brine shrimp. They will also eat live foods, such as copepods and amphipods, that can be cultivated in attached refugium. Over time, these fish may have small amounts of high quality flake food as well. Our Anthias are adapted to aquarium life and most are eating a good quality frozen food, enriched with garlic guard and vitamins, before being offered for sale. We find that the best way to keep this species is in a small group. Hobbyists should aim to keep at least 1 Male Lori Anthias with 3 or more females.


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