flameback angelfish

Scientific name Centropyge acanthops
Descriptor Norman
Year of description 1922
IUCN category LC
Family Pomacanthidae
Genus Centropyge
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Centropyge acanthops, commonly known as flameback angelfish, is a salt water fish from the western Indian Ocean.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    6 cm
  • Maximum size
    8 cm
  • Longevity
    10 year
  • Shape
  • Average size
    6 cm
  • Maximum size
    8 cm
  • Longevity
    10 year
  • Shape

How to recognize the flameback angelfish ?

The flameback angelfish measures around 6 cm. The dominant males can however reach 8 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly jaune and bleu body.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in small groups
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The flameback angelfish is a fish living in small groups naturally found at mid-depth and near the bottom. The members of each group are organized around a well established hierarchy. This species is omnivorous .

Although the flameback angelfish is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

The flameback angelfish is a fish ovipare.

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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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    6 - 40 m

Biotope presentation

The flameback angelfish is most often found at a depth between 6m and 40m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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