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Species: Anthias asperilinguis, Jeweled Gemfish

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body: rows pale spots
eye dark, no yellow outer ring
2 yellow stripes: back and under eye
C lobes: filaments
LL 36-41
D, C, A, pelvics: yellow + pink edge
gill rakers 38-40
soft D & A no long rays

Anthias asperilinguis Gunther, 1859

Jeweled Gemfish

Body elongate, oblong to oval, strongly compressed; head, strongly compressed; eye moderate to large; no fleshy papillae around edge of eye; front and rear nostrils close together; rear edge of front nostril with a flap, but no filament; mouth moderately to strongly oblique, lower jaw projecting, rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without accessory bone above it; usually without patch of granular teeth on tongue; tooth patch on center of roof of mouth, triangular to chevron shaped, not prolonged at rear; preoperculum with rear margin serrated, but no forward pointing spines on lower corner; 38-40 gill rakers; dorsal fin with X, 15, longest spine (IV-V) 12-16% SL, each spine tip ending in a short filament, no elongate soft rays; anal fin III, 7, no elongate rays; pectorals 18-19; pelvic inserted slightly before base of pectoral, 35->64% SL; tail fin forked, lobes with filaments, up to 41-46% SL; scales rough, without small accessory scales on head or body, 36-41 on lateral line; head and jaws fully scaled, except front of lower jaw and throat naked; scales around tail base 17-18; lateral line complete.

Head reddish brown upper half, pinkish below, nape red; 2 yellow stripes on head, one back from center or eye to top operculum, the other from front of top lip back under eye to edge of center of operculum; iris with an inner yellow ring, rest bluish to red; body orange-brown above, pinkish below, with red scales scattered individually or in patches, scales on lower 2/3 of rear of body with pink spots formed in rows; dorsal fin with yellow inner ¾, with scattered red marks along its base, pink spine and ray tips; tail fin yellow with pink top and bottom edges and tips of the lobes; anal fin yellow, with red marks on base, pink ray tips; pelvics reddish, with yellow centers, pink edges.

Reaches 23.5 cm.

Lives on deep reefs.

Depth range: 69-393 m

The Baltimore Canyon 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
  • 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 + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Temperate (>35N)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 23.5
Depth Range Min
  • 69
Depth Range Max
  • 393