Queen Angelfish: Holacanthus ciliaris
Angelfish is a name used for several different fishes, including the true angelfishes, (Pomacanthidae) and the butterfly fishes (Chaetodontidae). Angelfishes differ from butterfly fishes in having a spine near the lower edge of the gill cover. These laterally compressed fishes are among the most beautiful of the tropical reef fishes. Most species are only a few centimeters long, but some grow to 24 inches. In many species the juveniles and adults are
colored differently. The young French angelfish is black with bright yellow bands; the adult is mainly black. The queen angelfish is also differently colored as a juvenile. Like many other Angelfish, the Emperor Angel Pomacanthus imperator feeds upon sponges, tunicates, algae, and small invertebrates.
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Queen Angelfish, Holacanthus ciliaris Statistics:
Size: 15 - 17 inches
Lifespan: Approximately 15 years.
Breeding: The Queen and Blue Angelfishes commonly hybridize, producing offspring mixed in appearance.
Habitat: Shallow coral reefs and walls in depths of 100 ft. or less.
Diet: Sponges, algae, and small invertebrates.
Distribution: From Florida to Brazil, including The Caribbean, Bahamas, West Indies, Florida Keys.
Habit: Active during the day and often lethargic at night. Very aggressive and territorial.