Species Details

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Blue-faced angelfi...   

Common Name: Blue-faced angelfish
Also Known As: Yellow-faced angelfish
Scientific Name: Pomacanthus xanthometopon
Local Name: Boa reendhoo kokaamas
Dhivehi Name: ބޯރީނދޫ ކޮކާމަސް
Animalia  (Kingdom)
Chordata  (Plylum)
Perciformes  (Order)
Pomacanthidae  (Family)
Pomacanthus   (Genus)

Blue-faced angelfish's description

Dorsal fin with 13-14 spines and 16-18 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 16-18 rays. 46-52 lateral line scales.Colour: Face blue with dark spots. Broad yellow band between eyes (giving rise to alternate English name,Yellow-mask angelfish). Body scales dark with yellow edges giving a somewhat greeny appearance overall.Pectoral, dorsal and caudal fins yellow. All fins blue edged. Juveniles black with narrow white bars and bluelines which are curved posteriorly at upper and lower ends.

Blue-faced angelfish habitat

This species is found in areas of prolific coral growth in lagoons, channels and outer reef slopes (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It is especially associated with areas that have caves and large crevices. It occurs as solitary animals or in pairs. This species feeds on sponges and tunicates (Pyle 2001).

Blue-faced 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.

Blue-faced angelfish's status