Coral Beauty
A Coral Beauty at a depth of 15 m, Steve's Bommie, Ribbon #3, Great Barrier Reef off Cooktown, December 2001. Image: Erik Schlögl
Erik Schlögl

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    bispinosa
    Genus
    Centropyge
    Family
    Pomacanthidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to 10 cm in length.

Introduction

As its standard name implies, the Coral Beauty is one of many beautiful species that occur on coral reefs.

Identification

The Coral Beauty is usually blue-purple on the head and the dorsal, anal and caudal fins. The centre of the body is orange to yellow, with blue lines or spots.

Habitat

The Coral Beauty is most common on outer reef slopes. It is a secretive species that uses crevices in the reef for shelter. This fish occurs singly or in small groups.

It is found in depths from 5 m to 45 m.

Distribution

It occurs in tropical marine waters of the Indo-West and Central Pacific, from East Africa, north to Japan, south to Australia and east to the Tuamoto Islands.

In Australia it is known from off north-western Western Australia and the northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland to the central coast of New South Wales. It is also known from Lord Howe Island.

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.



Feeding and diet

The species feeds on algae.

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 220.
  2. Allen, G.R., Steene, R. & M. Allen. 1998. A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes. Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research. Pp. 250.
  3. Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330.
  4. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 251.