Pomacanthidae – Marine Angelfishes
Pomacanthidae – Angel Fish is found in tropical Atlantic, Indian, and (mainly western) Pacific. Strongly compressed body. Angle of preopercle with a strong spine. Three spines in anal fin. Many species have an elongate extension on hind margin of soft dorsal and anal fins. Caudal fin rounded to strongly lunate with 15 branched rays. Vertebrae 24 (10+14). Striking coloration, markedly different between juveniles and adults of many species. In shallow waters of less than 20 m deep, seldom below 50 m; near coral reefs.
Species studied to date are protogynous hermaphrodites with ‘haremic’ social system. Pelagic spawners. Species of Centropyge feed primarily on filamentous algae and species of Genicanthus feed primarily on zooplankton; most others feed on sponges, invertebrates, algae and fish eggs. Most species do well in the aquarium, but some food specialists are difficult to maintain. Marine Angelfish are found in the Maldives.
|Threespot Angel fish
|Bluefin Angelfish/Many Spined Angelfish
|Emperor Angel fish (Juvenile)
|Emperor Angel fish (Adult)
|Blueface Angelfish (Juvenile)
|Blueface Angelfish (Adult)
|Regal Angelfish (Juvenile)
|Regal Angelfish (Adult)
|Indian Cherup Angelfish