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Species: Anthias nicholsi, Yellowfin Bass

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fins short
iris blue, throat yellow
D, A & pelvic yellow
body: irregular pale spots
LL 31-34
31-34 gill rakers
C : yellow, lobes round, red & purple

Anthias nicholsi Firth, 1933

Yellowfin Bass

Body oblong, relatively deep (depth at dorsal fin origin 34-44% of SL), elongate, compressed; head relatively long (34-40% of SL), compressed; eye large; front nostril with a short flap, no filament; front and rear nostrils close together; mouth strongly oblique, rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without accessory bone above top jaw bone; canine teeth at front of mouth; teeth on center and sides of roof of mouth, central tooth patch triangular or V shaped; 40% of large fish with teeth on tongue; preopercle margin serrated above and below; 31-34 gill rakers; dorsal fin X, 14-15; anal fin III, 6-8; tail fin long, forked, tips rounded, not very long (top lobe 31-49% of SL); pelvics inserted under base of pectoral, fin long (>38% of SL); scales small, rough, 31-34 in lateral line; lateral line continuous; all of head, including top jaw bone, scaled.

Body rosy above with yellow cast, paler below; lower head with bright yellow stripe that runs to pelvic fins, side of head with 2 yellow stripes; iris blue; fins except pectoral (clear) are yellow.

Reaches 12.5 cm

Rocky and coral bottoms at 55-440 m.

Nova Scotia to to northern Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Water column
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 12.5
Depth Range Min
  • 55
Depth Range Max
  • 440