Vermiculate Angelfish, Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus (Bloch 1787)

Other Names: Vermiculated Angelfish

A Vermiculate Angelfish, Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus, at Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Source: Paddy Ryan / License: All rights reserved

A purplish-grey angelfish with white vermiculations, a yellow tail, a pale patch behind the head, and a black bar through the eye.

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Vermiculate Angelfish, Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus (Bloch 1787)

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Northwestern Australia, and Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, eastern Indian Ocean and western Pacific - Indonesia, Western Australia to Malaysia, the Philippines and southern Japan. 
Inhabits inner reefs and lagoons, often in silty areas with rich coral growth. 


Omnivore - feeds on sponges, tunicates and algae 


Bray, D.J. 2017


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Vermiculate Angelfish, Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus (Bloch 1787)


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CAAB Code:37365083

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:18 cm TL

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