Species Details

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Emperor angelfish   

Common Name: Emperor angelfish
Scientific Name: Pomacanthus imperator
Local Name: Ras kokaamas
Dhivehi Name: ރަސް ކޮކާމަސް
Animalia  (Kingdom)
Chordata  (Plylum)
Perciformes  (Order)
Pomacanthidae  (Family)
Pomacanthus   (Genus)

Emperor angelfish's description

Dorsal fin with 13-14 spines and 18-21 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 18-21 rays.Pectoral fin rays 19-20. Body depth 1.6-1.8 in standard length. Soft dorsal fin develops a point with growth.Posterior margin of preopercle finely serrate. Caudal fin rounded. Colour: Sides with alternate blue and yellow stripes. Dorsal fin mainly yellow, caudal yellow, and anal blueand black. Black face mask with blue edge. Juveniles deep blue with curved circular white bands.

Emperor angelfish habitat

This species inhabits a wide variety of habitats with individuals usually reported from coastal and outer reefs, deep lagoons, often in areas of rich coral growth (Steene 1978, Pyle 2001, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It is commonly seen near ledges and caves. The juveniles usually occur under ledges or in holes on shallow reefs. It feeds mainly on sponges and tunicates (Pyle 2001, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).

Emperor angelfish threats

There appear to be no major threats to this species. Collection for the aquarium trade is localized and does not seem to affect the global population.

Emperor angelfish's status