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Queen Angelfish Holacanthus ciliaris

 

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Queen Angelfish
credit: Stan Shebs/CCSA

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Family: Pomacanthidae, Angelfishes view all from this family



Description The queen angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris) is an angelfish commonly found near reefs in the warmer sections of the western Atlantic Ocean.

The adult queen angelfish overall body color can be described as blue to bluegreen with yellow rims on its scales. Their pectoral fins and ventral fins are also yellow but their lips and the edges of their dorsal fins and anal fins are dark blue. Queen angelfish are also known to have blue markings around each gill cover. Juveniles have dark blue bodies with yellow lips, gills, and tail and vertical bars ranging in color from light blue to white. The colors of the juvenile fish help them to blend in with the reefs. The queen angelfish may live up to 15 years in the wild and reach up to 45 centimetres in length. Queen angelfish are about three and a half pounds.


Dimensions Up to 18" (46 cm).


Habitat Ocean or bay shallows.


Range Florida.


 

 

 

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