Flame Angelfish, Centropyge loriculus (Günther 1874)

Other Names: Japanese Pygmy Angelfish

A Flame Angelfish, Centropyge loricula, in the Birch Aquarium. Source: Ross D. Robertson / Shorefishes of the Neotropics. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A brilliant orange pygmy angelfish with a large elongate black blotch behind the pectoral-fin base, a series of black bars on the sides, and alternating purplish-blue and black streaks on the rear of the dorsal and anal fins that are more pronounced in males.

Video of Flame Angelfish at Johnston Atoll, depth 30m.

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Flame Angelfish, Centropyge loriculus (Günther 1874)

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Northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the western-central Pacific. Inhabits seaward reefs and lagoons.

Species Citation

Holacanthus loriculus Günther 1874, Andrew Garrett's Fische der Südsee Bd 1 (2)(7): 53l. Type locality:  Society Islands.


Dianne J. Bray

Flame Angelfish, Centropyge loriculus (Günther 1874)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37365028

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:15-60 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:15 cm TL

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