cortez angelfish

Scientific name Pomacanthus zonipectus
Descriptor Gill
Year of description 1862
IUCN category (World) LC
Family Pomacanthidae
Genus Pomacanthus
Pomacanthus zonipectus Pomacanthus zonipectus


Pomacanthus zonipectus, commonly known as cortez angelfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    26 cm
  • Maximum size
    46 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    26 cm
  • Maximum size
    46 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern

How to recognize the cortez angelfish ?

The cortez angelfish measures between 26 and 46 cm. This fish is multicolore with a predominantly jaune and gris body. The also has multiple.

Behaviour & Life cycle

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

The cortez angelfish is a fish living as a couple naturally found at mid-depth and near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

This species is territorial and does not appreciate the presence of intruders nearby, especially animals with similar behavior. It can also be virulent toward conspecifics. However, the cortez angelfish has little concern for non-territorial animals.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The cortez angelfish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

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

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    21 - 30 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 12 m

Biotope presentation

The cortez angelfish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 12m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Benoit Chartrer

Benoit Chartrer


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Bibliographic references

Reproductive cycle of the Cortez angelfish Pomacanthus zonipectus (Gill, 1863) (Pomacanthidae) from the Gulf of California, Mexico. - Arellano-Martínez M. - B. P. Ceballos-Vázquez - F. Galván-Magaña - Hidrobiológica - 2007.

Peces Costeros del Pacífico Oriental Tropical: sistema de Información en línea. Versión 2.0 Instituto Smithsonian de Investigaciones Tropicales - G.R. Allen - D R Robertson - Balboa - 2015.

NORMA Oficial Mexicana NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010, Protección ambiental-Especies nativas de México de flora y fauna silvestres-Categorías de riesgo y especificaciones para su inclusión, exclusión o cambio-Lista de especies en riesgo - SEMARNAT - Diario oficial - 2010.

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