spotbreast angelfish

Scientific name Genicanthus melanospilos
Descriptor Bleeker
Year of description 1857
IUCN category LC
Family Pomacanthidae
Genus Genicanthus
Genicanthus melanospilos Genicanthus melanospilos


Genicanthus melanospilos, commonly known as spotbreast angelfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


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

How to recognize the spotbreast angelfish ?

The spotbreast angelfish measures around 16 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 spotbreast angelfish is a fish living in small groups naturally found near the bottom. This species is planctophage .

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


  • Reproduction
  • Polygamy
  • Hermaphrodite

The spotbreast 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.

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Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    24 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    20 - 45 m

Biotope presentation

The spotbreast angelfish is most often found at a depth between 20m and 45m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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