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This is a Dwarf Angelfish

By Leonard Ho - Posted May 25, 2011 07:00 AM
But what species? Brian Griffin at Ocean Gallery II in New Jersey posted this photo of a mysterious Dwarf Angelfish they recently acquired, and its identification has stumped everyone thus far. We know it's a Centropyge, but what species (or hybridization of species) is it? Venture your guess in the comment section.
This is a Dwarf Angelfish

A mystery Centropyge

Here are some physical traits that might help ID this species:

  • Orange primary pigmentation
  • Dark, vertically-stripped patterns on top flank - strongest at the head and increasingly faint but visible all the way to the tail.
  • Oculi on the rear dorsal fin
  • Blue coloration around eye, dorsal fin, and anal fin.

(note: missing portion of the top dorsal fin is due to shipping damage).

So what do you think this Dwarf Angelfish is?

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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