Average lifespan in the wild: Up to 15 years
Size: Up to 18 in (45 cm)
Weight: up to 3.5 lbs (1.6 kg)
Group name: School
Did you know? Young queen angelfish feed by setting up cleaning stations in sea grass where larger fish come to have their skin parasites removed.
Angelfish are found on shallow reefs in the tropical Atlantic, Indian, and mostly western Pacific oceans. The family contains seven genera and approximately 86 species.
With their vibrant colours and deep, laterally compressed bodies, angelfishes are some of the more conspicuous residents of the reef.
Many species of angelfishes have streamer-like extensions of the soft dorsal and anal fins. The fish have small mouths, relatively large pectoral fins and rounded to lunate tail fins. The largest species, the gray angelfish, Pomacanthus arcuatus, may reach a length of 60 cm; at the other extreme, members of the genus Centropyge do not exceed 15 cm.
What do Angelfish eat?
Their diet consists almost entirely of sponges and algae, but they will also nibble on sea fans, soft corals, and even jellyfish.
Where do angelfish live?
Angels are members of a family called cichlids. They belong to South America. They are slow moving graceful swimmers compatible with a lot of similar sized fishes.They enjoy tall plants and need hiding places in their tanks.
There are also salt water angelfish (unrelated to the cichlids) that live in coral reefs in all tropical oceans, and a ray-like shark called the angel shark that lives in all tropical and temperate oceans.
How do angelfish breathe?
Angelfish like most fish using their gills. Most fish have a very basic circulatory system due to their having only two valves in their hearts which only pump one way. The blood pumps to the gills where it bonds with the oxygen in the water which then carries it through the body to be used and around it goes back to the heart to start the process over.
How do Angelfish communicate?
Angelfish use color and pheremones to communicate. Also they most likely use movement for communication.
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