yellowtail angelfish

Scientific name Apolemichthys xanthurus
Descriptor Benett
Year of description 1833
IUCN category LC
Family Pomacanthidae
Genus Apolemichthys
Apolemichthys xanthurus Apolemichthys xanthurus


Apolemichthys xanthurus, commonly known as yellowtail angelfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    15 cm
  • Maximum size
    17 cm
  • Pattern
    drawn scales
  • Average size
    15 cm
  • Maximum size
    17 cm
  • Pattern
    drawn scales

How to recognize the yellowtail angelfish ?

The yellowtail angelfish measures between 15 and 17 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly jaune, bleu, noir and blanc body. The also has drawn scales.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living as a couple or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The yellowtail angelfish is a fish living as a couple or alone naturally found at mid-depth and near the bottom. This species is omnivorous .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre
  • Hermaphrodite

The yellowtail angelfish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre. always born female. Growing up, individuals will change sex to become male, this is called successive hermaphroditism of the protogynous type.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    5 - 25 m

Biotope presentation

The yellowtail angelfish is most often found at a depth between 5m and 25m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

First Report of Reef associated fish, Apolemichthys xanthurus (Pomacanthidae) from Andhra Pradesh coast, India - Sanmitra Roy - Swarup R. Mohanty - Anil Mohapatra - Journal of Ichthyology - 2019. 59

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