It was my dream for a long time to get some macro shots of the lovely Anthias, one of the most common fishes of the Red Sea.
It was a real challenge… not only because of their size - approx. 3 cm - but because they continuosly swim and “dance” agains the strong currents. To catch a sharp close up of them is as difficult as taking a shot of a flying bee… I have spent a whole entire dive (about an hour) just around a coral block to get the above shots. Enjoy!
And here are some interesting information about anthias:
Anthias can swarm by the thousands. Anthias do school in these large groups, though they tend toward more intimate subdivisions within the school, appropriately called “harems”. These consist of one dominant, colorful male, anywhere from 2-12 females — who have their own hierarchy among them — and up to 2 ‘subdominant’ males, often less brightly colored and non-territorial. Within the swarm of females, territorial males perform acrobatic U-swim displays and vigorously defend an area of the reef and its associated harem. Wikipedia [en.wikipedia.org]
And something even more interesting (mentioned already in a previous post)
Anthias species are all hermaphroditic. This means that if a dominant male dies, the largest female will often morph into a male and take its place in the hierarchy.
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