Scribbled Angelfish, Chaetodontoplus duboulayi (Günther 1867)

Other Names: Scribbled Angel-fish

A Scribbled Angelfish, Chaetodontoplus duboulayi, at Enderby Island, Dampier, Western Australia. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

Identifying features: Body overall blue with darker wavy lines, a yellow snout, pectoral, pelvic and caudal fins, a yellow stripe running along the dorsal fin base and a broad yellow vertical bar behind the eye with a white gill cover. Males and females differ in coloration. Males have blue wavy lines along the side, while females have yellow or blue spots.

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Scribbled Angelfish, Chaetodontoplus duboulayi (Günther 1867)

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Occurs in coastal waters of northern Australia from Shark Bay, Western Australia, to Moreton Bay, Queensland, and southward to Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Found elsewhere at the Aru Islands (Indonesia) and southern Papua New Guinea.
Found on coastal reefs at depths of 5-20 m.

Species Citation

Holacanthus duboulayi Günther 1867, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist 3 20(8): 67. Type locality: north-western coast of Australia.


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Scribbled Angelfish, Chaetodontoplus duboulayi (Günther 1867)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37365009

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:5-20 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:28 cm TL

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