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Coral Beauty - Melanesia


Dwarf Angels
Coral Beauty - Melanesia
Centropyge bispinosus
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The most widespread species in the Indo-West Pacific, ranging from East Africa through Indian Ocean Islands and to the Pacific Ocean to the Tuamotu Archipelago. Occurs in a great variety of habitats from shallow rocky-algae to rich coral reefs and outer reef slopes to depths of at least 45 metres, depending on its geographical location. Extremely variable in colouration, although certain forms are habitat or depth related, or have a limited geographical limitation. The differences between some forms is so great that they look like completely different species. Most common form is dark blue with reddish vertical bars on the body and dark blue fins. Length to 10cm.
They are commonly referred to as pygmy angelfishes, due to their generally much smaller size than other angelfish genera. The species are variably distributed in tropical and subtropical seas of the world. Few have large geographical distributions and some are endemic to tiny oceanic outposts, an island , or small island group. They occur on algal-rocky and coral reefs, and most species live in shallow waters at depths to about 15m,  but some range to 70m or more, and a few inhabit only depths of more than 50m. Pygmy angelfishes are quick-darting and often shy species that hug the substrates with tunnels and crevices, ready to disappear and appear again several metres away.

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