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Half Black Angel - Melanesia


Dwarf Angels
Half Black Angel - Melanesia
Centropyge vroliki
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Widespread Western Pacific, from southern Japan to southern Indonesia and north-eastern Australia, ranging east to Micronesia and the Coral Sea. Replaced by Centropyge eibli  from Java  and Pacific eastern side of Sumatra. Juveniles expatriate to subtropical zones. A shallow water species in lagoons, coastal and seaward reefs to about 25m depth. Mostly pearl grey and black posteriorly on body and unpaired fins. A black or orange bar on the operculum. Length to 12cm.
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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