Golden Angelfish, Centropyge aurantia Randall & Wass 1974

Other Names: Golden Pygmy-angelfish

A Golden Angelfish, Centropyge aurantia, from Babeldaob, Palau. Source: Rick Winterbottom / FishWise Professional. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A reddish-orange pygmy angelfish with many narrow wavy golden bars on the sides, several dark submarginal bands on the dorsal, caudal and anal fins, and a dark bluish ring around the eye.
The Golden Angelfish is rare in Australian waters.

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Golden Angelfish, Centropyge aurantia Randall & Wass 1974

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Recorded in the Australian region from Carter Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere, widespread in the Western Pacific from eastern Indonesia to American Samoa.

Inhabits areas rich in corals, often sheltering in crevices with lots of encrusting sponges.


Omnivore - feeds on filamentous and micro algae, detritus, and small benthic invertebrates.


Rarely collected for the aquarium fish trade.

Species Citation

Centropyge aurantius Randall, & Wass, 1974, Japan. J. Ichthyol 21(3): 140. Type locality: Samoa.


Dianne J. Bray

Golden Angelfish, Centropyge aurantia Randall & Wass 1974


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37365021

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-20 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm TL

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