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Cherubfish Angelfish

(Centropyge argi)

Scientific Class

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pomacanthidae
Genus: Centropyge
Species: Centropyge argi

Quick Facts

Name: Cherubfish Angelfish
Size: 6-8 cm (2.5-3.25 in)
Weight: 
Lifespan: 5 to 10 Years
Diet: Algae

Distribution

Cherubfish Angelfish Facts

Description
The cherubfish has an oval, deep, and laterally compressed body with a short, blunt snout and a small mouth. There is a long, robust spine at the angle of the preoperculum, which has its vertical edge being serrated. The body is deep blue with the head and chest being orange-yellow with a thin blue eye ring and a small dark blue botch to the rear of the mouth. The pectoral fins are pale yellowish while the other fins are dark blue with light blue margins. Males are typically larger than females.

Habitat – Distribution
The cherubfish occurs at depths between 5 and 18 metres (16 and 59 ft). Its usual habitat is coral rubble where it feeds on algae and small benthic invertebrates. It retreats into cavities when alarmed.

The cherubfish is found in the western Atlantic Ocean. It occurs off Bermuda, and from North Carolina through the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico to the Caribbean coast of South America, as far east as French Guiana.

Diet – Behavior
Their diet consists of mainly algae but can snack on zooplankton and tiny crustaceans.
They live in groups of around 8-10 with one male on the rubble bottom. The male can get aggressive to other fish or male cherubfish who approach their territory.

Reproduction – Juveniles
The female lays eggs and all Cherubfish are born female and can change to male if none are around. Males will have a harem of 6-8 females.

Conservation Status
Cherubfish angelfish are classed as Least Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. They are used as part of the commercial aquarium trade.