Dwarf & Pygmy Marine Angelfish Photos

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    Coral Beauty Angelfish (Centropyge bispinosus)

    Coral Beauty Angelfish (Centropyge bispinosus)
    Coral Beauty Angelfish (Centropyge bispinosus). Keoki Stender

    The Coral Beauty Angelfish (Centropyge bispinosus) is the second most popular Dwarf Angelfish in the saltwater aquarium trade, second only to the Flame Angelfish (Centropyge loriculus). The Coral Beauty's bold colors (deep royal blue, highlighted with an iridescent orange to yellow), small size (to 4"), easy care, general hardiness and reasonable price make it a great beginner fish for a less than huge reef tank. The colors of the Coral Beauty can vary in intensity and hue, depending upon where it was collected from in the wild.

     

     

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    Flame Angelfish (Centropyge loriculus)

    Flame Angelfish (Centropyge loriculus)
    Flame Angelfish (Centropyge loriculus). Keoki Stender

    The Flame Angelfish (Centropyge loriculus) is, without a doubt, one of the most popular dwarf angelfish for both beginner and expert saltwater aquarists alike. This angelfish's bold red/orange color with vertical black stripes on the body and the blue-tipped dorsal and anal fins make this fish the centerpiece of any marine aquarium.

     

     

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    Japanese Angelfish (Centropyge interrupta)

    Japanese Angelfish (Centropyge interrupta)
    Japanese Angelfish (Centropyge interrupta). Keoki Stender

    The Japanese Angelfish (Centropyge interrupta) is uncommon on reefs and ledges deeper than 30 feet in Japan and deeper than 60 feet in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands of Kure, Midway, and Pearl & Hermes Reef.  The blue facial dots  on the juveniles become lines on males.  This Angelfish feeds upon algae in the wild and in an aquarium.  It attains a maximum size of 6 inches. 

     

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    Male Masked Angel (Genicanthus personatus)

    male Masked Angel (Genicanthus personatus)
    Male Masked Angel (Genicanthus personatus). Keoki Stender

    The Masked Angel (Genicanthus personatus) is an endemic species to Hawai'i, the Masked Angel (Genicanthus personatus) is rarely seen above 300 feet around the Main Hawaiian Islands, but is fairly common at 25 feet or below in the Northwest Islands, particularly Kure, Midway, Pearl and Hermes Reefs, and French Frigate Shoals.

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    Female Masked Angel (Genicanthus personatus)

    Female Masked Angel (Genicanthus personatus)
    Female Masked Angel (Genicanthus personatus). Keoki Stender

    Harems of the Masked Angel (Genicanthus personatus) inhabit reefs and ledges exposed to current where they feed upon zooplankton.  They prefers cool water deeper than 200 feet around the Main Hawaiian Islands but are locally common in as little as 25 feet around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands from Kure south to French Frigate Shoals.  The adult females are pale blue-gray with variable black masks, the males have an orange mask and fin margins.  One of the world's most coveted aquarium specimens, this species attains 10 inches in length.  It is endemic to Hawai‘i and found nowhere else in the world.

     

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    Swallowtail Angelfish (Genicanthus melanospilos)

    Female Swallowtail Angelfish (Genicanthus melanospilos)
    Female Swallowtail Angelfish (Genicanthus melanospilos). Deb Hauter

    The Swallowtail Angelfish (Genicanthus melanospilos) is one of a few angelfishes that can easily be identified by sex as male or female, because of their differences in appearance. The male is marked with thin, dark vertical bands that cover the body from the head to where the dorsal and anal fins end, followed by a yellow banded area at the base of the tail, and thus named a Zebra Angelfish.

    This is one of the few Angelfish which is truly reef tank safe as it does not bother corals in the least.

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    Fishers' Angelfish (Centropyge fisheri)

    Fishers' Angelfish (Centropyge fisheri)
    Fishers' Angelfish (Centropyge fisheri). Keoki Stender

    The Fishers' Angelfish (Centropyge fisheri) is a good fish for a reef tank environment, but it will occasionally nip at clam mantles and large-polyped stony corals, especially in smaller aquariums.

    One of the smallest Genus Centropyge Dwarf or Pygmy Angelfish species, the Fisher's Angel is normally not as aggressive as many other Angelfishes, but some individual specimens may be territorial in smaller aquariums, particularly towards more docile fish.
     

     

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    Potters Angelfish (Centropyge potteri)

    Potters Angelfish (Centropyge potteri)
    Potters Angelfish (Centropyge potteri). Keoki Stender

    The Potters Angelfish (Centropyge potteri) is common on reefs among branching coral or ledges deeper than 20 feet. This is a  solitary species that feeds upon algae and is considered to be fairly reef tank safe. It attains 5 inches in length and is endemic to the Hawai'ian Islands.

     

     

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  • 09 of 10

    Lemonpeel Angelfish (Centropyge flavissimus)

    Lemonpeel Angelfish (Centropyge flavissimus)
    Lemonpeel Angelfish (Centropyge flavissimus). Keoki Stender

    The Lemonpeel Angelfish (Centropyge flavissimus) is very prone to nip at large-polyped stony corals and clam mantles. It is best not to keep Lemonpeel Angelfish with fish of the same genera.

    It It is native to the Indo-Pacific region, however aquarium releases have been seen in Hawaii harbors. This Angelfish grows to a length of 5.5".

     

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    Bicolored Anagelfish (Centropyge bicolor)

    Bicolored Anagelfish (Centropyge bicolor)
    Bicolored Anagelfish (Centropyge bicolor). Keoki Stender

    The Bicolored Anagelfish (Centropyge bicolor

    is also known as the Two-colored Angelfish or Oriole Angelfish. Not considered a reef tank safe fish, it is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles.

    This fish is found is found from East Africa to Samoa, Micronesia, and the Line Islands. It attains a length of 6".