Blue Angelfish, Pomacanthus semicirculatus (Cuvier 1831)


Other Names: Blue Angel, Half-circled Angelfish, Koran Angelfish, Semicircle Angelfish, Zebra Angel-fish

A Blue Angelfish, Pomacanthus semicirculatus, at Dauin, Central Visayas, Philippines. Source: Elias Levy / Flickr. License: CC by Attribution

Summary:
A dusky brownish-green angelfish with a paler yellowish-green midsection peppered with blue spots, rear of body with yellowish spots, blue fin margins, and pale yellow lips. Juveniles are dark blue with narrow electric blue and white curved bars, blue fin margins, and no concentric rings.

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Dianne J. Bray, Pomacanthus semicirculatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 22 Jan 2020, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/655

Blue Angelfish, Pomacanthus semicirculatus (Cuvier 1831)

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Distribution

Widespread in the Australia EEZ from the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia, around the tropical north to at least Sydney, on the east coast, with juveniles as far south as Merimbula, New South Wales. Also at Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea and Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean. Elsewhere, the Blue Angelfish is found throughout the Indian and Western Pacific oceans.

Inhabits reefs with rich coral growth to a depth of 40 m. Juveniles usually on shallow protected reefs. Usually singly or in pairs.

Feeding

Omnivore - feeds on sponges, tunicates and algae.

Species Citation

Holacanthus semicirculatus Cuvier, 1831, Hist. Nat. Poiss. 7: 252. Type locality: East Indies.

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Blue Angelfish, Pomacanthus semicirculatus (Cuvier 1831)

References



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Allen, G.R., Steene, R. & Allen, M. 1998. A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes. Cairns : Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research 250 pp. figs.

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2 edn, 284 pp.

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls.

Coleman, N. 1974. Australian Marine Fishes in Colour. Sydney : A.H. & A.W. Reid 108 pp.

Cuvier, G.L. in Cuvier, G.L. & Valenciennes, A. 1831. Histoire Naturelle des Poissons. Paris : Levrault Vol. 7 531 pp. pls 170-208.

Francis, M. 1993. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Science 47(2): 136-170 figs 1-2

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp.


Grant, E.M. 1975. Guide to Fishes. Brisbane : Queensland Government, Co-ordinator General’s Department 640 pp.

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Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3)

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Kuiter, R.H., Debelius, H. & Tanaka, H. 2003. Pomacanthidae, a Comprehensive Guide to Angelfishes. Melbourne : Zoonetics 206 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Pictorial guide to Indonesian reef fishes. Part 2. Fusiliers - Dragonets, Caesionidae - Callionymidae. Australia : Zoonetics pp. 304-622.


Marshall, T.C. 1964. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coastal Waters of Queensland. Sydney : Angus & Robertson 566 pp. 136 pls.

Pyle, R. 2001. Chaetodontidae, Pomacanthidae. pp. 3224-3286 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 5 2791-3379 pp.

Pyle, R., Myers, R., Rocha, L.A. & Craig, M.T. 2010. Pomacanthus semicirculatus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. . Downloaded on 17 April 2014.

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.


Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 507 pp. figs.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Russell, B.C. 1983. Annotated checklist of the coral reef fishes in the Capricorn-Bunker group, Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Special Publication Series 1: 1-184 figs 1-2

Sainsbury, K.J., Kailola, P.J. & Leyland, G.G. 1985. Continental Shelf Fishes of Northern and North-Western Australia. Canberra : Fisheries Information Service 375 pp. figs & pls.

Steene, R.C. 1978. Butterfly and Angelfishes of the World. Australia. Sydney : A.H. & A.W. Reed Vol. 1 144 pp. 216 figs.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37365080

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-40 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:40 cm SL

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