Blackspot Pygmy Angelfish, Centropyge nigriocella Woods & Schultz 1953

Other Names: Blackspot Angelfish, Black-spot Angelfish, Black-spot Pygmy Angelfish, Ocellated Angelfish

A Blackspot Angelfish, Centropyge nigriocella, from the Wallis Islands, French Polynesia - USNM 370570. Source: Jeffrey T. Williams / Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A secretive pale yellow to whitish dwarf angelfish with a large black spot covering the pectoral-fin base and a black ocellus or false "eye-spot" on the rear of the dorsal fin.

Video of a Blackspot Angelfish from Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea, filmed in an aquarium at Cairns Marine.
A Blackspot Angelfish in an aquarium in Japan.

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Blackspot Pygmy Angelfish, Centropyge nigriocella Woods & Schultz 1953

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Recorded from Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea (c. 16 28 S, 147 52 E). This rare species is known from scattered localities in the West-central Pacific. Usually inhabits dead coral and rubble areas in clear lagoons and on outer reefs.


The species name is nigriocellus (not nigrocella) as is a noun in apposition, and therefore retains the original spelling of Woods and Schultz.

Species Citation

Centropyge nigriocellus Woods & Schultz  in Schultz et al. 1953, Bull. U. S. Natl Mus. 202(1): 607, Fig. 89. Type locality: Johnston Island, Northern Central Pacific, reef along northern side of atoll.


Bray, D.J. 2017

Blackspot Pygmy Angelfish, Centropyge nigriocella Woods & Schultz 1953


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37365095

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:4-15 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish (rare)

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:6 cm TL

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