French Angelfish
Pomacanthus paru
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Co, R 25-35 Spo ( Veg, Gor, Bry,Tun, Cl) Pr F
Adult: Body laterally flattened with a discoid profile, black in color with bright
yellow rims on the scales. Pale grey head and with yellow ring around the eyes. All fins black, except for the base of the pectoral fin that is bright yellow. Tail rounded.
Juvenile: black with three yellow body bars. A yellow band extends down from the forehead, stops at the base of the upper lip, splits and goes around the mouth. Tail rounded with
yellow borders including rear, forming an oval, differentiating it from the Grey Angelfish (latter with squarer tail and transparent/ white terminal stripe).

Common in shallow rocky and coral reefs, down to 40 m. It is usually found in pairs, often near sea fans. Feeds on sponges, algae, bryozoans, zoantharians, gorgonians and tunicates. Spawning pairs are strongly territorial, with usually both members vigorously defending their areas against neighbouring conspecifics. Juveniles tend cleaning stations where they service a broad range of clients, including jacks, snappers, morays, grunts, surgeonfishes and wrasses.
French Angelfish Adult
(C) P Ryan
French Angelfish Adult
French Angelfish Intermediate
French Angelfish Juvenile
French Angelfish Adult
(C) Albert Kok
French Angelfish Adult
French Angelfish Adult
French Angelfish Intermediate