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Saltwater Angelfish Facts and Pictures

Information in this section relates to the marine angelfish species. Saltwater angelfishes belong with the fish family Pomacanthidae.

Angelfish are typical Perciform fishes. Thus, they get characterized by vivid and intense chromatic coloring. They have large pectoral fins and a long flailing dorsal fin.

The majority of marine angelfish species are discus shaped. You find them on shallow warm-water coral reefs. In fact, some angelfish species grow up to 25 cm in length. But, small freshwater angelfishes are often kept in home aquariums by fish tank hobbyists.

Most angelfishes are hardy and bold in their natural habitat. Even so, they can be difficult to feed and breed in captivity.

Go snorkeling or diving around the shallow coral reefs in the Indian or western Pacific Ocean. You will be unlucky not to see these amazing marine creatures. They also inhabit certain areas of the tropical Atlantic. But, do not confuse saltwater angelfish with a very different freshwater angelfish species.

Saltwater Angelfish Diet and Behavior

Most species of angelfishes are showy, diurnal reef creatures. They do resemble butterfly fishes in many way and they are 'distantly' related. Large specimens seem to be fearless during the day time. They meander around the coral heads searching for food. Saltwater angelfish are not particularly shy of scuba divers either.

Angelfish feeding habits vary and they often get defined specifically through genus. But, on the whole most of them are happy feeding on filamentous algae or zooplankton. There are some species which prefer a diet of benthic invertebrates such as tunicates, sponges, and hydroids.

Angelfish Facts: All marine Angelfish species are protogynous hermaphrodites. That means a female becomes a functional male any time the dominant male gets removed or goes absent from the harem.

Being pelagic spawners, female marine angelfishes release huge numbers of tiny eggs. The larvae float and drift in the water column combining with plankton. As you may expect, a high number of eggs fall prey to planktonic feeders. The larvae that survives floats freely with ocean currents until they hatch.

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Pictures of Angelfish: | Blue Ringed Angelfishes | Emperor Angelfish and the Six Banded Angelfish. Not all saltwater angelfishes inhabit the Gulf of Thailand. The Pattaya fish species section has more information. Check out other marine life found in the shallow waters around the coral islands.

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