Blueface Angelfish Click to enlarge image
A Blueface Angelfish at a depth of 15m, Hideaway Island, Vanuatu, July 2007. Image: David & Leanne Atkinson
© David & Leanne Atkinson

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    xanthometopon
    Genus
    Pomacanthus
    Family
    Pomacanthidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    It grows to about 38 cm in length.

Introduction

As its standard name suggests, this beautiful tropical species has a blue face. It has also been called the Yellowmask Angelfish, which also seems appropriate.

Identification

The Blueface Angelfish can be recognised by its distinctive colour pattern. It has a blue reticulated pattern over much of the head and a yellow 'mask' over the eyes. The breast, pectoral fin and caudal fin are yellow. There is a large black spot posteriorly on the dorsal fin. The scales are blue with yellow margins.

Habitat

The species lives on coral reefs and in tropical inshore waters.

Distribution

It occurs in Eastern Indian and Western Pacific Oceans.

In Australia it is known from the offshore islands of north-western Western Australia and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

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.



References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  4. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.