Sixband Angelfish, Pomacanthus sexstriatus (Cuvier 1831)

Other Names: Sixbanded Angelfish, Six-banded Angelfish, Six-banded Angel-fish

A Sixband Angelfish, Pomacanthus sexstriatus, at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Andy A. Lewis / Lizard Island Research Station. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

A large angelfish recognised by its dark head with a white bar behind the eye, 4-5 dark bars on the sides and the blue spots on the body and fins.

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Sixband Angelfish, Pomacanthus sexstriatus (Cuvier 1831)

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Known in Australia from Shark Bay, WA, to the Capricorn Group, QLD; also at Rowley Shoals and Scott Reef , WA, and Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea. 

Found elsewhere in the tropical west Pacific - throughout the Indo-Malayan region to Vanuatu, New Caledonia, the Ryukyu Islands in southern Japan, and Palau.

Inhabits coastal, lagoon and outer reef slopes in depths to 60 m. Adults are either solitary or seen in pairs in areas of rich coral growth, whereas juveniles are usually found on sheltered inner reefs.


Carnivore - feeds on sponges and tunicates.

Species Citation

Holacanthus sexstriatus Cuvier, 1831, Histoire Naturelle des Poissons 7: 194. Type locality: Java. 


Dianne J. Bray

Sixband Angelfish, Pomacanthus sexstriatus (Cuvier 1831)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37365010

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-60 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish - juveniles

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:46 cm TL

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