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Bandit Angel


Bandit Angel
Holocanthus arcuatus
Place of origin: 
Central Pacific

The Bandit Angelfish (Apolemichthys arcuatus) is an Incredibly beautiful species. The name stems from the vibrant pearly white and deep black colouration of the horizontal banding. The species is endemic to the Hawaiian archipelago, including a hotspot located around the Johnson’s Atoll and can be found at depths up to 600ft making them a rare sight in the hobby. Bandit Angels can be a more difficult species to keep in an aquarium due to their natural diet, but in captivity, readily accept prepared frozen foods such as Gamma Mysis and enriched brine shrimp. If well fed on their preferred diet, they can be considered reef safe with caution!

Although this species is more suitable for the experienced fish keeper, they have great personalities and you will find very few fish that can match this fish in the aquarium.

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.

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