ANGELFISH
POMACANTHIDAE
Queen Angelfish
Holacanthus ciliaris
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Co 20-35 Spo (Cor, Veg, Tun, Cl) Ter, Pr F
Queen Angelfish Adult
Queen Angelfish Adult
Queen Angelfish Adult
Queen Angelfish Juvenile
(C) Brian Gratwicke
Description:
Body laterally flattened with a discoid profile, blue to greenish blue in color with yellow rims on their scales. Ventral and pectoral fins and
tail entirely yellow.
Adult: A
dark blue spot on the forehead, speckled and ringed with brilliant blue, forming the 'crown'. Lips purplish blue.
Juvenile: Juveniles dark blue with three brilliant blue to white bars, the second bar clearly curved. A dark blue bar with brilliant blue borders across the eye. Lips yellow, and a yellow area from around the pectoral to the ventral fins. Tail yellow.

Ecology
Found in coral reefs, where they occur solitarily or in pairs, down to 70 m. Juveniles pick off parasites from the bodies of other fish, while adults mainly feed on sponges, supplemented by small amounts of algae, tunicates, hydroids and bryozoans.

Queen Angelfish Juvenile
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