Animal Species:Blue Angelfish, Pomacanthus semicirculatus (Cuvier, 1831)

The Blue Angelfish is relatively commonly seen by divers in tropical waters.

A Blue Angelfish at North-West Island

Sascha Schulz © Sascha Schulz

Standard Common Name

Blue Angelfish

Alternative Name/s

Half-circled Angelfish, Koran Angelfish, Semicircle Angelfish, Zebra Angel-fish

Identification

The Blue Angelfish has a deep compressed body. It is yellow to brownish with small blue spots on body. There is a bright blue ring around the eye. The preopercular spine and margins of the operculum and preoperculum are bright blue. The margins of the ventral fins and median fins fins are bright blue.

Size range

It grows to 38 cm in length.

Distribution

The Blue Angelfish occurs from the Western Indian Ocean to the Central Pacific.

In Australia it is known from south-western Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country and south to southern New South Wales.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Pomacanthus semicirculatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Blue Angelfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species occurs in coral reef and inshore waters.

Classification

Species:
semicirculatus
Genus:
Pomacanthus
Family:
Pomacanthidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of Northwestern Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  4. Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330.
  5. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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