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Bluespot Angel


Bluespot Angel
Chaetodontoplus cyanopunctatus
Place of origin: 
Western Pacific
A rarely observed species that is only known from the Java Sea and Cebu, Philippines. Shipments from latter are not rare, but they are usually juveniles or subadults. The adults may prefer deep water, whilst as a species it may be habitat-specific, perhaps feeding on certain sponges or other sessile invertebrate varieties. This species is identified by the bright yellow tail; numerous tiny blue spots that join into scribbles and lines on the head in large adults and run into  the yellow of the caudal fin; white margin and blue submarginal lines on the dorsal and anal fins; and it has a blue-edged black ocellus on the pectoral-fin base. Length to 20cm
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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