The members of the family Pomacanthidae are generally know as angelfishes and, like their nearest cousins, the butterflyfishes, are regarded by many divers and aquarists as being amongst the most beautiful and majestic fishes in the sea. The majority of species occur on shallow reefs in coral, algae and sponge zones, most going little deeper than about 30m but where conditions are pristine and water is very clear, many species go much deeper and few species only live deep (over 100m). Angelfishes feature a large and distinctive backward-protruding spine from the lower corner of the gill-plate (cheek spine) from which the family name was derived. This cheek-spine is diagnostic for all the species , even at juvenile stage, and readily separates any angelfishes from butterflyfishes that may be similar in shape. Mot angelfishes are robust with compressed, ovate to rhomboid shaped bodies, covered with small or tiny scales, and have a continuous dorsal fin. The mouth is small and jaws are set with many small, usually tricuspid teeth that are used for grazing algae or scraping sponges and other sessile invertebrates. Few species combine their diet with a variety of foods and some are planktivores.
Majestic Angel : A
Majestic Angel : A
Place of origin:Western Pacific
Widespread Western Pacific, ranging into the Indian Ocean to Western Australia and Sumatra, northwards to the Philippines and Micronesia, and south to the Solomon Islands and northern Great Barrier Reef. Only common in outer reef habitats, coral rich lagoons and outer reef walls in a depth range of about 3 to 35m. The Blue-girdled angel is generally shy and usually seen solitary , occasionally in pairs. Juveniles live in shallow and protected reef areas. The adults are mainly yellow-orange, including the dorsal and caudal fin , whilst the head, pectorals and lower fins are deep blue, edged with a neon-blue. Juveniles are completely different in having numerous light blue vertical lines on a dark blue background. Colour change to adult pattern begins early at a body length of about 5 to 8cm. Length to 25cm.