Centropyge acanthops

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Common Name
Orange Back Angel
Binomial Name
Centropyge acanthops
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pomacanthidae
Genus: Centropyge
Species: acanthops


Common Names

  • Orange Back Angel
  • African Pygmy Angel
  • African Flameback Angel



Characteristics

Description

Bright orange head and back, with a dark blue body and yellow caudal fin.

Similar Species

C. fisheri (does not look similar, but has been mixed up in classification / naming), C. aurantonotus (which has a dark blue caudal fin),C. argi Orange confined to head.

Maximum Size

Approximately 7 cm.

Associated Organisms

None

Behaviour

Frequently occurs in small groups of up to about 10 individuals[1].


Captive Care

Tank Size

100L

Water Flow

Will tolerate a variety of flow speeds

Lighting

Adaptable to most lighting conditions.

Feeding

Natural diet consists of mainly filamentous and micro algae, detritus material and small benthic fauna. Open structure rockwork will provide algae growth and shelter. Once eating they will accept dry, frozen and live foods. Live and frozen enriched brine shrimp are good starter foods for difficult feeders. When eating a greater variety of foods should be offered including finely chopped prawn, fish meat, oyster, spirulina, astaxanthin, quality pellet, flake and freeze dried foods. See also diy foods.

Growth Rate

How quickly it will grow under various conditions.

Diseases

Susceptible to common aquarium diseases

Pygmy Angels are sensitive to copper. When using copper based medications, raise the concentration slowly over a few days and monitor the fish’s behaviour closely during the course of the treatment. Alternative treatments should be used where possible. .

Other

Generally acclimatises well to captive conditions.


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Compatability

Fish

Can be aggressive towards similar species and other fish of similar size.

Coral

Generally considered safe as with other members of the Argi complex.

Invertebrate

Generally considered safe.


Reproduction

Has been breed in captivity.



Local Ecology

Distribution

East African coast from Somalia southward to the vicinity of East London, South Africa and at Mauritius [1].

Habitat

Coral rubble at depths between 8 and 40 metres [1].



Additional Information

Some additional notes on it that don't fit in the above sections.



Resources



References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 (Allen 1981): Allen, G.R., Butterfly and angelfishes of the world: volume 1 australia : a complete survey of the species of Australia and New Guinea, Mergus: Sydney, 1981.