Animal Species:Conspicuous Angelfish, Chaetodontoplus conspicillatus (Waite, 1900)

The Conspicuous Angelfish occurs from the southern Great Barrier Reef to the central New South Wales coast and from New Caledonia, Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands. Adults are found on coral and rocky reefs, with Juveniles living in shallower water in protected harbours and bays.

A Conspicuous Angelfish at Wheatsheaf Island

Geoff Kelly © Geoff Kelly

Standard Common Name

Conspicuous Angelfish

Identification

The Conspicuous Angelfish can be recognised by its colouration. Adults are blue-grey dorsally grading to a dusky colour below. The face is yellow with blue on the operculum and around the eye. The dorsal and anal fins are dark at the base and pale along the outermost margins. The caudal and pectoral fins are yellow basally. Juveniles are black with a greenish-white dorsal fin.

The species has a large spine projecting horizontally from the corner of the preoperculum.

Size range

The Conspicuous Angelfish grows to 25 cm in length.

Distribution

The Conspicuous Angelfish occurs from the southern Great Barrier Reef to the central New South Wales coast and from New Caledonia, Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands.

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.

Chaetodontoplus conspicillatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Conspicuous Angelfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

It is found on coral and rocky reefs down to a depth of 40 m. Juveniles live in shallower water in protected harbours and bays.

Economic/social impacts

It is a highly prized species in the aquarium trade.

Classification

Species:
conspicillatus
Genus:
Chaetodontoplus
Family:
Pomacanthidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R., Steene, R. & M. Allen. 1998. A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes. Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research. Pp. 250.
  2. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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