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Family Pomacanthidae

Out of all the coral reef fishes the angelfishes must be the most emblematic and recognisable to the non biologist (yes - even more than Dory - the incredibly annoying blue surgeonfish). Fishbase lists 74 species in 9 genera. Angelfishes are found in the tropical Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans but the greatest diversity is in the Western Pacific. All angelfish (as far as I know) possess a large opercular spine (which may discourage predators). Juveniles are often very differently patterned and colored from adults and in some species males and females may have different color patterns. If the dominant male in a haremic species is removed a female typically changes sex to replace him.

Most angelfishes live in relatively shallow water associated with coral reefs (except where these are lacking such as in the Sea of Cortez). The Genicanthus angels are zooplanktivores (that is probably the longest word I have ever typed). Centropyge species concentrate mostly on filamentous algae while others eat tunicates, sponges, bryozoans and other sessile (fixed in place) invertebrates. Some juvenile angels may be opportunist fish cleaners.

Enjoy these guys - some appear to have been designed by Picasso on acid.

 

Apolemichthys trimaculatus Three-spot angelfish

threespot angelfish photo

FISH 4137 Apolemichthys trimaculatus Three-spot angelfish photographed near Kri Eco, Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia.

Three-spot angelfish

FISH 3064 Apolemichthys trimaculatus Three-spot angelfish photographed near Kri Eco, Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia.

Centropyge bicolor Bicolor angelfish

Centropyge bicolor Bicolor angelfish, Fiji, 2005

Bicolor angelfish

FISH 2244 Centropyge bicolor Bicolor angelfish in the Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia.

Centropyge bispinosus Two-spined angelfish

Centropyge bispinosus Two-spined angelfish Puerto Galera, Philippines

FISH 7146 Centropyge bispinosus Two-spined angelfish, Puerto Galera, Philippines.

Centropyge bispinosus Two-spined angelfish, Paradise Taveuni, Fiji

FISH 0273 Centropyge bispinosus, two-spined angelfish, Taveuni, Fiji. This is an unusual color morph.

Centropyge flavissimus Lemonpeel angelfish

Lemonpeel anglefish

FISH 4941 Centropyge flavissimus Lemonpeel angelfish, Taveuni, Fiji

Centropyge vroliki Pearl-scaled angelfish

Centropyge vroliki Pearl-scaled angelfish Kri Eco, Raja Ampat

FISH 8201 Centropyge vroliki Pearl-scaled angelfish Kri Eco, Raja Ampat.

æentropyge vroliki Pearl-scaled angelfish

FISH 9409 Centropyge vroliki Pearl-scaled angelfish, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat.

æentropyge vroliki Pearl-scaled angelfish

FISH 9408 Centropyge vroliki Pearl-scaled angelfish, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat.

Centropyge vroliki Pearl-scaled angelfish, Raja Ampat

FISH 0045 Centropyge vroliki Pearl-scaled angelfish, Raja Ampat.

Chaetodontoplus mesoleucas Vermiculated angelfish

vermicualted angelfish photo

FISH 2935 Chaetodontoplus mesoleucas Vermiculated angelfish, Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia.

vermiculated angelfish photo threequarters

FISH 2933 Chaetodontoplus mesoleucas Vermiculated angelfish, Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia.

Centropyge tibicen Keyhole angelfish

Centropyge tibicen, Keyhole angelfish,Kri Eco, Raja Ampat

FISH 6959 Centropyge tibicen, Keyhole angelfish, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat.

Genicanthus lamarck Blackstriped angelfish

blackstriped angelfish male

FISH 1334 Genicanthus lamarck male Blackstriped angelfish feeding on plankton, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.

female blackstriped angelfish

FISH 3005 Genicanthus lamarck female Blackstriped angelfish, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.

male blackstriped angelfish

FISH 3004 Genicanthus lamarck male Blackstriped angelfish, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.

Genicanthus lamarck Blackstriped angelfish male, Puerto Galera, Philippines f

Genicanthus lamarck Blackstriped angelfish male, Puerto Galera, Philippines.

Genicanthus melanospilos Black-spot angelfish

female blackspot angelfish

FISH 4875 Female Genicanthus melanospilos Black-spot angelfish, Somosomo Strait, Taveuni, Fiji.

male black-spot angelfish

FISH 4857 Male Genicanthus melanospilos Black-spot angelfish, Somosomo Strait, Taveuni, Fiji.

female black-spot angelfish

FISH 4852 Female Genicanthus melanospilos Black-spot angelfish, Somosomo Strait, Taveuni, Fiji.

Holacanthus ciliaris Queen angelfish

Holacanthus ciliaris, Queen angelfish

FISH 3331 Holacanthus ciliaris, Queen angelfish, Glover's Reef, Belize.

Holacanthus ciliaris Queen angelfish, Glover's Reef, Belize.

Queen angelfish
FISH EPV0041 Holacanthus ciliaris Queen angelfish, Glover's Reef, Belize.

Holacanthus clarionensis Clarion Angelfish

Clarion angel

Fish 9217 Holacanthus clarionensis, Clarion Angelfish, Isla Benedito, Mexico.

Clarion angelfish

FISH 9216 Holacanthus clarionensis, Clarion Angelfish, Isla Benedito, Mexico.

Holacanthus passer King angelfish

intermediate phase king angelfish

FISH 6639 Holacanthus passer, Intermediate phase King angelfish, Sea of Cortez.

adult king angelfish

FISH 5062 Holacanthus passer, adult King angelfish, Sea of Cortez.

king angelfish

FISH 6124 Holacanthus passer, adult King angelfish, Sea of Cortez.

king angelfish feeding frenzy

FISH 5067 Holacanthus passer, King angelfish "feeding frenzy", Sea of Cortez.

king angelfish feeding frenzy

FISH 5065 Holacanthus passer, King angelfish "feeding frenzy", Sea of Cortez.

Parma alboscapularis Black angelfish

Parma alboscapularis Black angelfish

Parma alboscapularis Black angelfish, New Zealand

Pomacanthus arcuatus Gray angelfish

Gray angelfish

FISH 1047 Pomacanthus arcuatus Gray angelfish head shot, sugar wreck, Bahamas.

Gray angelfish whole fish

FISH 0137 Pomacanthus arcuatus Gray angelfish, sugar wreck, Bahamas.

Pomacanthus imperator Imperial angelfish

Pomacanthus imperator, Emperor angelfish, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat

FISH 6978 Pomacanthus imperator, Imperial angelfish, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat.

Imperial angelfish photo

Pomacanthus imperator Imperial angelfish, Matamanoa, Fiji.

Pomacanthus imperator, Emperor angelfish, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat

FISH 4832 Pomacanthus imperator, Imperial angelfish, Taveuni, Fiji.

Pomacanthus paru French Angelfish

Pomacanthus paru, French Angel, Roatan

FISH 2955 Pomacanthus paru, French Angelfish, Roatan

Pomacanthus paru, French Angel, Glover's Reef, Belize

FISH 2827 Pomacanthus paru, French Angel, Glover's Reef, Belize

Pomacanthus semicirculatus Semicircle angelfish

Pomacanthus semicirculatus Semicircle angelfish juvenile. Fiji.

Pomacanthus sexfasciatus Six-lined angelfish

sixbanded angelfish

FISH 0567 Pomacanthus sexfasciatus Six-lined angelfish, Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, Indonesia.

six banded angelfish

FISH 0567 Pomacanthus sexfasciatus Six-lined angelfish, Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, Indonesia. The small fish are juvenile Engineer "gobies" Pholidichthys leucotaenia.

Pomacanthus xanthometapon Yellow-mask angelfish

yellowmask angelfish photo

FISH 1626 Pomacanthus xanthometapon Yellow-mask angelfish, Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, Indonesia.

yellowmask angelfish

FISH 2927 Pomacanthus xanthometapon Yellow-mask angelfish, Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, Indonesia.

Pomacanthus zonipectus Cortez angelfish

Cortez angelfish

FISH 5375 Pomacanthus zonipectus Cortez angelfish, Sea of Cortez.

cortez angelfish

FISH 5353 Pomacanthus zonipectus Cortez angelfish, Sea of Cortez.

C ortez angelfish feeding

FISH 5464 Pomacanthus zonipectus Cortez angelfish feeding, Sea of Cortez.

Cortez angelfish scale detail

FISH 6426 Pomacanthus zonipectus Cortez angelfish scale detail, Sea of Cortez.

Pygoplites diacanthus Regal angelfish

regal angelfish

FISH 1327 Pygoplites diacanthus Regal angelfish, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.

regal angelfish
FISH 2263 Pygoplites diacanthus Regal angelfish, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.

Pygoplites diacanthus Regal angelfish. Fiji.

Pygoplites diacanthus Regal angelfish Puerto Galera, Philippines

FISH 7158 Pygoplites diacanthus Regal angelfish Puerto Galera, Philippines.

 

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