Abe's Angelfish, Centropyge abei Allen, Young & Colin 2006

Abe's Angelfish, Centropyge abei, from Holmes Reef in the Coral Sea off Queensland. Source: Fenton Walsh / Cairns Marine. License: All rights reserved

A rare deep-water angelfish with a yellow body, a black head, back and dorsal fin, a broad white bar just before the dorsal-fin origin, and a white caudal fin. 

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Abe's Angelfish, Centropyge abei Allen, Young & Colin 2006

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Reefs in the Coral Sea off Queensland, including Holmes Reef and Willis Islet. Elsewhere, the species is known to occur in northern Sulawesi, Indonesia, Palau and southern Japan. Usually inhabits rubble areas on deep mesophotic reefs. 


Dorsal fin XIII, 17; Anal fin III, 18; Pectoral fin 16;  Gill rakers (first arch) 5 + 12; Longitudinal scale series 43-45; Vertebrae 24. 
Scales relatively large, 43-45 in lateral row from upper end of gill opening to base of caudal fin; 37 lateral line scales, terminating below end of dorsal fin and re-appearing on 7 scales of caudal peduncle; maximum body depth 1.6 in SL; 3 or 4 preopercular spines; length of primary preopercular spine 2.0 in head length; tricuspid teeth, about 50-60 in outer row in each jaw; exposed margins of preorbital, interopercle, preopercle, subopercle, supracleithrum, and posttemporal bones serrate; posterior margin of preorbital bone attached and hidden by skin and scales.


A protogynous hermaphrodite, able to change sex from female to male.


The species is named in honour of Dr. Yoshitaka Abe, the Director of the Fukushima Aquarium (Aquamarine Fukushima) in Japan. 

Species Citation

Centropyge abei Allen, Young & Colin 2006, aqua, J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 11 (1): 13, Figs. 1-2. Type locality: Southeast side of Manado Tua, about 1°6.20040'S, 124°7.1222'E, Sulawesi, Indonesia, 120 m.


Bray, D.J. 2024


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Abe's Angelfish, Centropyge abei Allen, Young & Colin 2006


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp.

Allen, G. R., Young, F. & Colin, P.L. 2006. Centropyge abei, a new species of deep-dwelling angelfish (Pomacanthidae) from Sulawesi, Indonesia. aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology 11(1): 13-18.

Pyle, R. & Craig, M.T. 2010. Centropyge abei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T169679A6666453. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T169679A6666453.en. Downloaded on 12 August 2016.

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Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:110-211 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish (rare)

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11 cm TL

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