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Yellow Tail Angel - Melanesia


Dwarf Angels
Yellow Tail Angel - Melanesia
Centropyge flavicauda
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Widespread Indo-West Pacific, ranging from African coast, through South-east Asia, and in Pacific east to Tuamotu Archipelago. Juveniles range to subtropical zones. Occurs in small loose groups on coral rubble in gutters and also slopes at the bottom of drop-offs to at least 60m depth. Easily overlooked as an angelfish as it occurs together with similar looking damselfishes in the same habitat. Length to 8cm.
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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