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Sixbar Angel : A


Sixbar Angel : A
Pomacanthus sexstriatus
Place of origin: 
Western Pacific
Ranges throughout the Indo-Australian Archipelago, reaching west to Thailand, east to the Salomon Islands and the Coral Sea and in the tropical zones of Japan and Australia. Occurs in a variety of habitats, from turbid lagoons to pristine outer reefs at a depth range between about 5 and 60m. The species is usually shy, and encountered mainly in pairs. Juveniles live on shallower protected reefs. A distinct species with its pale body and six vertical dark stripes, and a dark head with a white vertical stripe. Juveniles are bluish black with vertical white lines on the body and head that change to blue on the fins. Length to 45cm, common 35cm.
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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