Arabian Angelfish

The Arabian Angelfish (Pomacanthus asfur) is a saltwater marine fish.

The Arabian Angelfish is dark grey-black with a broad, crescent-shaped band of yellow, with a yellow tail. Its dorsal fin (back fin) has 12 spines and elongated rays that trail behind it as it swims.

Arabian Angelfish

Arabian Angelfish 

 

The Arabian Angelfish grows to about 40 centimetres (16 inches) in length.

It is native to the eastern coasts of Africa, from the Red Sea in the north of the continent to Zanzibar in Tanzania in the south of the continent. It is also found in the Persian Gulf.

Its habitat includes sheltered coastal reefs with corals, as well as rocky reefs, and near the entrances of sea caves.

It feeds predominantly on sponges and sea squirts.

Females lay eggs one at at time on the seabed.

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

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