Yellowtail Angelfish, Chaetodontoplus personifer (McCulloch 1914)

Other Names: Blueface Angelfish, Personifer Angelfish, Spottedface Angelfish, Spotted-faced Angel-fish, Yellowface Angelfish, Yellow-tail Angelfish

A Yellowtail Angelfish, Chaetodontoplus personifer, off North West Cape, Western Australia, January 2018. Source: glen_whisson / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A dark brown to blackish angelfish with a broad white bar behind the head, a bluish-grey head covered in yellow spots, a yellow nape, breast and pelvic fins, a yellow tail with a black median band and a narrow black margin, and a narrow blue margin on the rear of the dorsal and anal fins. Small juveniles lack the black band on the tail.

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Yellowtail Angelfish, Chaetodontoplus personifer (McCulloch 1914)

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Endemic to north-western Australia, from the Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia, to the Arafura Sea, Northern Territory, at depths of 8-40 m. Juveniles have been seen as far south as the Perth region. 
Inhabits inshore coastal reefs, and open areas with rocky, sponge or coral-covered outcrops - usually solitary or in small groups.


Feeds mostly on sponges and other benthic marine invertebrates.


Collected for sale in the aquarium industry.

Similar Species

Similar to and previously confused with the Queensland Yellowtail Angelfish, Chaetodontoplus meredethi, which lacks the black bar in the middle of the caudal fin at all sizes.

Species Citation

Holacanthus personifer McCulloch, 1914, Rec. W. A. Mus.1(3): 221. Type locality: Shark Bay, WA.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Yellowtail Angelfish, Chaetodontoplus personifer (McCulloch 1914)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37365008

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:8-40 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated, silty areas

Max Size:35 cm TL


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