The swallowtail seaperch, whose Latin name is Anthias anthias, is one of the Mediterranean’s most colourful fish. It has a salmon pink, oval body with yellow streaks or spots on its head and fins. The tail fin is forked and it has very large pelvic fins with a white, purple or yellow border. The swallowtail seaperch lives in schools of several hundred fish above rocky bottoms and wrecks between 10 and 200m deep in the Mediterranean and also in the Atlantic from Portugal to Angola. It feeds on small fish and planktonic crustaceans.
Scientific name: Anthias anthias
French: Anthias, Barbier, Castagnole rouge
Spanish: Tres colas
Italian: Castagnola rossa