Midnight Angelfish, Centropyge nox (Bleeker 1853)

Other Names: Dusky Angel-fish

A Midnight Angelfish, Centropyge nox, at Wakatobi, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 3.0


This rare coral reef inhabitant is easily recognised by its overall black coloration. The Midnight Angelfish is mimiced by the Midnight Dottyback, Manonichthys paranox.

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Midnight Angelfish, Centropyge nox (Bleeker 1853)

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Widespread in the Western Pacific from the Ryukyu Islands (southern Japan) to Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, the Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia and Micronesia. Inhabits coral-rich areas on outer reefs.


Feeds on algae.


Lives in harems.


Ocassionally collected for sale in the aquarium industry.


Dianne J. Bray

Midnight Angelfish, Centropyge nox (Bleeker 1853)


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CAAB Code:37365030

Biology:Capable of changing sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-70 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:10 cm TL

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