Animal Species:Vermiculated Angelfish, Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus (Bloch, 1787)

The Vermiculated Angelfish's body is white behind the eye, gradually changing to dark grey posteriorly. The snout is yellow and a broad black band passes through the eye. The caudal fin is grey-blue or yellow.

A Vermiculated Angelfish at Redang Island

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Vermiculated Angelfish

Identification

The Vermiculated Angelfish's body is white behind the eye, gradually changing to dark grey posteriorly. The snout is yellow and a broad black band passes through the eye. The caudal fin is grey-blue or yellow.

Size range

The species grows to 18 cm in length.

Distribution

Vermiculated Angelfish occurs in tropical marine waters of the Western Pacific, from South-east Asia, north to Japan, south to Australia and east to the Solomon Islands.

In Australia it is known from the Kimberley region on the northern coast of Western Australia and along the Northern Territory coast.

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 mesoleucus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Vermiculated Angelfish specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species inhabits inner coral reefs and lagoons at depths from 1 m to 20 m.

Feeding and Diet

The Vermiculated Angelfish feeds on sponges, sea squirts, salps and algae.

Other behaviours and adaptations

This fish is often seen in pairs or as solitary individuals.

Classification

Species:
mesoleucus
Genus:
Chaetodontoplus
Family:
Pomacanthidae
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  • Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 220.
  • Allen, G.R., Steene, R. & M. Allen. 1998. A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes. Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research. Pp. 250.
  • Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330.


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