Blackspot Pygmy Angelfish, Centropyge nigriocellus Woods & Schultz 1953

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

A Blackspot Angelfish, Centropyge nigriocellus, 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 nigriocellus Woods & Schultz 1953

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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 including: Mariana Islands, Admiralty Islands, Johnston Atoll, Samoa, Line Islands, Society Islands (French Polynesia), Marquesas Islands, Papua New Guinea and the Cook Islands. Usually inhabits dead coral and rubble areas in clear lagoons and on outer reefs.


The specific name nigriocellus is from the Latin niger (= black) and ocellus (= eye-like spot) 'in reference to the two black ocellate spots'.

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.


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Blackspot Pygmy Angelfish, Centropyge nigriocellus 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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