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Blue Back Angel


Dwarf Angels
Blue Back Angel
Centropyge colini
Place of origin: 
Western Pacific
Scattered Pacific and eastern Indian Ocean localities, Indonesia. Papua new Guinea, Solomons, Fiji, Palau, Guam, the Philippines, north to Ogasawara Islands and Cocos-Keeling, south of Java. A very shy and rarely seen species usually found upside down in caves, or under steep walls where it is darker, at depths of 24 to over 75m. It is mostly yellow with a large blue area on back and spinous part of dorsal fin. Length to 9cm.
They are commonly referred to as pygmy angelfishes, due to their generally much smaller size than other angelfish genera. The species are variably distributed in tropical and subtropical seas of the world. Few have large geographical distributions and some are endemic to tiny oceanic outposts, an island , or small island group. They occur on algal-rocky and coral reefs, and most species live in shallow waters at depths to about 15m,  but some range to 70m or more, and a few inhabit only depths of more than 50m. Pygmy angelfishes are quick-darting and often shy species that hug the substrates with tunnels and crevices, ready to disappear and appear again several metres away.

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