ornate angelfish

Scientific name Genicanthus bellus
Descriptor Randall
Year of description 1975
IUCN category LC
Family Pomacanthidae
Genus Genicanthus
Genicanthus bellus Genicanthus bellus


Genicanthus bellus, commonly known as ornate angelfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    11 cm
  • Maximum size
    18 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes
  • Average size
    11 cm
  • Maximum size
    18 cm
  • Pattern
    horizontal stripes

How to recognize the ornate angelfish ?

The ornate angelfish measures around 11 cm. The females are more imposing and some specimens can reach 18 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly bleu, noir and gris body. The also has bleu and noir horizontal stripes.

Sexual dimorphism

The female is bigger than the male.

Behaviour & Life cycle

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

The ornate angelfish is a fish living in small groups naturally found near the bottom. This species is planctophage .

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


  • Reproduction
  • Polygamy
  • Hermaphrodite

The ornate angelfish is a fish ovipare. In this species, the dominant males are polygamous and reproduce each season with several females. 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

  • Temperature
    25 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    24 - 110 m
  • Flow

Biotope presentation

The ornate angelfish is most often found at a depth between 24m and 110m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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