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Clarion Angel : A


Clarion Angel : A
Holacanthus Clarionensis
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Eastern Pacific, ranging from off Mexico, Revillagigedo Islands, north to the southern part of the Gulf of California and south to Clipperton Island. Inhabits shallow rocky and coastal reefs to a depth of about 30m. small juveniles are solitary, whilst adults are often single or in small groups, but also form large schools in some localities. Adults of this splendid fish are brilliant orange, their breast and caudal fin being the brightest. The dorsal and anal fins have an iridescent blue margin. Males grow bigger than females, looking somewhat more rounded, and have a darker head. Juveniles have blue vertical lines on the head and posterior part of the body that darken with age and eventually fade away. Length to 23cm.
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 butĀ  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 nameĀ  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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