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Holacanthus ciliaris - Queen angelfish

Holacanthus ciliaris - Queen angelfish Photo courtesy: Geoff Schultz

Queen angelfish have a bluish-green, disc-shaped body with yellow rims on their scales. They have distinctive blue lips, a blue mark on their foreheads, and a bright yellow tail. Adults can grow to 14 inches. Juveniles are dark blue with bluish or white bars and yellow tail fins and often act as cleaners for larger sea creatures. Queen angelfish are found on coral reefs at depths between 20 and 80 feet.

Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Western Atlantic: Florida, USA and Gulf of Mexico to Brazil. Eastern Central Atlantic: St. Paul's Rocks.

Found on coral reefs. Generally occurs solitarily or in pairs. Depth range 1 - 70 m.

Feeds almost exclusively on sponges supplemented by small amounts of algae, tunicates, hydroids and bryozoans.

Quick Fact
Queen and blue anglefish sometimes crossbreed, producing a hybrid known as a Townsend angelfish.

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