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Flameback Angel


Dwarf Angels
Flameback Angel
Centropyge aurantonotus
Place of origin: 
Southern Caribbean Sea, Lesser Anthilles, Curacao, Barbados, St. Lucia and south to Brazil. Mostly found on open substrates with remote patches of staghorn corals and rubble areas in depths between 16 to 200m. Usually seen shallower at depths of 16-25m. Body and lower fins metallic blue and caudal fin dark, abruptly changing to orange-yellow above the lateral line and head. When young dark blue area covers most of the body. Length to 6cm.
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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