Multibar Angelfish, Paracentropyge multifasciatus (Smith & Radcliffe 1911)

Other Names: Banded Pygmy-angelfish, Many-banded Angelfish, Multi-banded Angelfish, Multibarred Angelfish, Multi-barred Angelfish

A Multibar Angelfish, Paracentropyge multifasciatus, at Manado, Minahasa, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A distinct angelfish with alternating black and white bands, a yellow lower surface including the mouth, pelvic and anal fins, and a black spot on the rear of the dorsal fin. Juveniles have fewer bands.

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Multibar Angelfish, Paracentropyge multifasciatus (Smith & Radcliffe 1911)

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Recorded in the Australian EEZ from the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, and at Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean. Elsewhere, widespread in the East-Indo-West-Central Pacific, from the Cocos-Keeling Islands (Australian EEZ) to the Society Islands (French Polynesia).

Inhabits deep coral rich areas on steep outer reef slopes, drop-offs and gutters, usually sheltering in caves, crevices and large overhangs at depths below 20 m - often upside down.


Although collected for the aquarium industry, this species is very difficult to maintain in captivity.

Species Citation

Holacanthus multifasciatus Smith & Radcliffe, 1911, Proc. U. S. Natl Mus. 40(1882): 324. Type locality: Port Galera, Mindoro, Philippines.


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Multibar Angelfish, Paracentropyge multifasciatus (Smith & Radcliffe 1911)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37365029

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:7-70m (usually below 20m)

Fishing:Aquarium fish (difficult)

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:12 cm TL

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