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.

Common NameScientific Name
Threespot Angel fishApolemichthys trimaculatus   
Bluefin Angelfish/Many Spined AngelfishCentropyge multipispinis     
Emperor Angel fish (Juvenile)Pomacanthus imperator    
Emperor Angel fish (Adult)Pomacanthus imperator 
Blueface Angelfish (Juvenile)Pomacanthus xanthometopon
Blueface Angelfish (Adult)Pomacanthus xanthometopon 
Regal Angelfish (Juvenile)Pygoplites diacanthus   
Regal Angelfish (Adult)Pygoplites diacanthus  
Smoke AngelfishApolemichthys xanthurus   
Hybrid AngelfishApolemichthys armitagei  
Damsel AngelfishCentropyge flavicauda 
Moonbeam AngelfishCentropyge flavipectoralis       
Indian Cherup AngelfishCentropyge acanthops
Cherub AngelfishCentropyge argi  

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