Species Details

Details of Regal angelfish will be displayed below

Regal angelfish   

Common Name: Regal angelfish
Also Known As: Royal angelfish
Scientific Name: Pygoplites diacanthus
Local Name: Kula kokaamas
Dhivehi Name: ކުލަކޮކާ މަސް
Animalia  (Kingdom)
Chordata  (Plylum)
Perciformes  (Order)
Pomacanthidae  (Family)
Pygoplites   (Genus)

Regal angelfish's description

Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 13-14 spines and 18-19 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 18-19 rays.Pectoral fin rays 16-17. Body not as deep as Pomacanthus spp. Lateral line terminates below end of dorsal fin. About 8 rows of scales on operculum. It has brilliant orange colour with about 8 black-edged white bars on sides between nape and caudal peduncle. Blue lines on head and anal fin. Juveniles with large black spot on base of dorsal fin, becoming diffused blue patch in adults.

Regal angelfish habitat

Occurs in coral rich areas of lagoon and seaward reefs to a depth of 80 m or more. Often found in the vicinity of caves and feeds on sponges and tunicates. Juveniles are cryptic, remaining well hidden in cracks and crevices. Solitary or in pairs, or in groups (Pyle 2001).

Regal angelfish threats

While animals are collected extensively for the aquarium trade in some areas, this does appear to constitute a major threat to the species. There are no other major threats to the species.

Regal angelfish's status