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Griffis Angel


Griffis Angel
Genicanthus griffisi
Place of origin: 
Central Pacific
Known from central Pacific islands such as the Marshall and Line Islands (Kiribati) westward to the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.This species occurs mainly on deep outer-reef walls at depths over 40m (10-60m). Not often seen usually solitary. Identified by the generally grey colour and a distinct white stripe along the base of the dorsal fin that continues into the caudal-fin base, making a real contrast to the black back. Length to 25cm.
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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