Bluegirdle Angelfish, Pomacanthus navarchus (Cuvier 1831)

Other Names: Bluegirdled Angelfish, Blue-girdled Angelfish, Majestic Angelfish, Navarchus Angelfish

A Bluegirdle Angelfish, Pomacanthus navarchus, at Buton, Sulawesi Tenggara, Indonesia. Source: Mark Rosenstein / iNaturalist. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A yellowish-orange angelfish with blue spots on the sides, a yellowish snout, lower head and breast, blue lips, a deep blue area enclosing the pectoral fins, eyes and upper part of the head, a broad deep blue band on the rear of the body, and yellowish-orange dorsal and caudal fins.

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Bluegirdle Angelfish, Pomacanthus navarchus (Cuvier 1831)

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Offshore reefs of north Western Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere, the species occurs in the tropical west Pacific. 
Inhabits areas of rich coral growth in lagoons, reef channels and on outer reef slopes - solitary or in pairs. Juveniles usually occur on shallow protected reef areas.


Dorsal fin XIII-XIV, 17-18; Anal fin III, 18; Pectoral fin 18-20; Longitudinal scale series 45-50.


Carnivore - feeds on sponges and tunicates.

Species Citation

Holacanthus navarchus Cuvier 1831, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons 7: 525. Type locality: Java.


Dianne J. Bray


Australian Faunal Directory

Bluegirdle Angelfish, Pomacanthus navarchus (Cuvier 1831)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37365079

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-40 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:28 cm TL

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