Queen Angelfish

Classification:

-Kingdom: Animalia
-Phylum: Chordata
-Class: Osteichthyes
-Order: Perciformes
-Family: Pomacanthidae
-Genius: Holacanthus
-Species: Holacanthus ciliaris


Description:

The queen angelfish are among the most strikingly colorful reef fishes in the ocean. The queen angelfish are decked out with electric blue bodies, blazing yellow tails, and light purple and orange highlights. The body is highly compressed and the head is blunt and rounded. The queen angelfish has one dorsal fin that runs along the top of the body. They get their name from the blue-ringed black spot on their heads that resembles a crown.

Common Names:

Queen angelfish goes by a lot of names because they look just like the other fishes they are related to. They go by angelfish, blue angelfish, golden angelfish, queen angel, and yellow angelfish. They also goes by other names in different languages.   To learn more go to: The Florida Museum of Natural History

 

Habitat:

The queen angelfish is found on the coral reefs of the Western Atlantic and Eastern Central oceans. In the Western Atlantic they can be found in Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, the Caribbean Sea, and South America. In the Eastern Central Atlantic, they are spotted around Saint Peter and Saint Paul Islets. More information at Aquatic Community.

Reproduction: 

they can be found by themselves, or in pairss. Since they are usually found in pairs, it is said that it is likely for them to have a monogamus bond. To produce the future fish, the adults bring their bellies to one another and shoot sperm and eggs making a cloud. Females release between 25-75,00 eggs each time she mates. Together they can make up to about 10 million fertilized during each spawning cycle. The eggs are transparentand float until the hatch. within 15 to 20 hours after the spawn, into larvae.

Feeding and Defense:

They have strong spike found under their lower cheek for defensive purposes. It feeds primarily on sponges but also tunicates, jellyfish, corals, plankton, algae, and whatever they clean off of larger fishes at the cleaning station. They guard their territory around the reef taking shelter only for a while. When they feel threatened, their scales will change from their original color to a light blue or yellow, depending on the sex.

Links:

http://animal-world.com/encyclo/marine/angels/king.php
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/fish/queen-angelfish.html
http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id-=285
http://www.reefnews.com/reefnews/photos/kngange.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Angelfish