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Holacanthus tricolor - Rock Beauty

Holacanthus tricolor - Rock Beauty Photo courtesy: Geoff Schultz

The rock beauty has a black body and a bright yellowish face with bluish lips and yellow fins. Adults are usually between 5 and 8 inches, but can grow to 12 inches. Juveniles are orangish with a blue-rimmed black spot. Rock beauty adults are territorial and will patrol their claimed area. They are found on coral reefs at depths between 10 and 80 feet.


Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Western Atlantic: Georgia (USA), Bermuda, and northern Gulf of Mexico to Santa Catarina, Brazil.


Habitat
Inhabits rock jetties, rocky reefs and rich coral areas. Juveniles often associated with fire corals. Depth range 3 - 92 m, usually 3 - 35 m.


Diet
Feeds on tunicates, sponges, zoantharians and algae.


Quick Fact
As a juvenile rock beauty grows, the small black spot continuously grows until it covers the majority of its body.


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