Lamarck's Angelfish, Genicanthus lamarck (Lacépède 1802)

A male Lamarck's Angelfish, Genicanthus lamarck, at Puerto Galera, Philippines. Source: Paddy Ryan / License: All rights reserved

A pale greyish to whitish angelfish with four irregular black wavy stripes along the sides (adults), and a broad black submarginal band on the dorsal fin. The uppermost stripe is broader in females and juveniles. Males have a yellow patch on top of the head, and very prolonged caudal-fin lobes.

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Lamarck's Angelfish, Genicanthus lamarck (Lacépède 1802)

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Recorded in the Australian EEZ from Ashmore Reef and Cartier Island, Timor Sea, and Escape Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere, widespread in the West Pacific from the Indo-Malayan region to the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, north to southern Japan, south to the Great Barrier Reef at depths of 10-50 m.

Inhabits rich coral areas on seaward coral and rocky reef slopes and steep drop-offs. Usually feeds on zooplankton above the bottom in small harems with a dominant male and 2-6 females.

Species Citation

Holacanthus lamarck Lacépède, 1802, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 4: 526, 530. Type locality: unknown.


Dianne J. Bray

Lamarck's Angelfish, Genicanthus lamarck (Lacépède 1802)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37365070

Biology:Able to change sex

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:10-50 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:25 cm TL

Species Maps

CAAB distribution map