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  Regal Angelfish (Pygoplites diacanthus)





Regal Angelfish | Pygoplites diacanthus photo
Emperor Angelfish photographed at the Underwater World aquarium, Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland

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REGAL ANGELFISH FACTS

Description
The Regal Angelfish is a beautiful tropical angelfish with yellow, black, white and blue vertical stripes and yellow tail. The dorsal fin is blue with black markings and the anal fin has yellow and blue stripes. Juveniles are orange yellow with fewer black and white bars. It is found in depths from 1m to 48m.

Size
to 25cm

Habitat
coral reefs and lagoons with good coral growth. Often found near caves and ledges

Food
sponges, sea squirts

Range
Indian Ocean and Pacific from East Africa and the Red Sea, north to Japan, south to Australia. In Australia it is found round the tropical north of the country from Western Australia to Queensland.

Notes
The Regal Angelfish is one of the most beautiful fish, but unfortunately it is not easy to maintain in captivity as an aquarium fish.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Pomacanthidae
Genus:Pygoplites
Species:diacanthus
Common Name:Regal Angelfish