multicolor angelfish

Scientific name Centropyge multicolor
Descriptor Randall &Wass
Year of description 1974
IUCN category LC
Family Pomacanthidae
Genus Centropyge
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Centropyge multicolor, commonly known as multicolor angelfish, is a salt water fish from the Western Tropical Pacific Ocean.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    8 cm
  • Maximum size
    9 cm
  • Shape
  • Average size
    8 cm
  • Maximum size
    9 cm
  • Shape

How to recognize the multicolor angelfish ?

The multicolor angelfish measures around 8 cm. The dominant males can however reach 9 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly jaune, bleu and blanc body.

Sexual dimorphism

The adult male is bigger than the female.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The multicolor angelfish is a fish living in a group or alone naturally found at mid-depth and near the bottom. This species is herbivorous .

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


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre
  • Polygamy

The multicolor angelfish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre. In this species, the dominant males are polygamous and reproduce each season with several females.

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
    24 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    20 - 115 m

Biotope presentation

The multicolor angelfish is most often found at a depth between 20m and 115m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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