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Yellow Angel - Fiji


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Yellow Angel - Fiji
Centropyge woodheadi
Place of origin: 
Coral Sea, from Gulf of Papua and Solomon Islands, and east to Samoa and Tonga. It occurs on open rubble and boulder habitats at depths 0f 9-20m, but most common at about 12m. Identified by the bright yellow colour overall and normally features a prominent elongate black streak along much of the soft dorsal fin, offset by an irridescent blue margin. The amount of black is variable and ranges from a spot at the end to the entire length of the soft dorsal fin. In the Solomon Islands some large males featured a very extensive large black area and a more orange head. Length to at least 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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