Centropyge bispinosa

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Common Name
Coral Beauty
Binomial Name
Centropyge bispinosa
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pomacanthidae
Genus: Centropyge
Species: bispinosa

Common Names

  • Coral Beauty



Oval in shape the coral beauty is orange in the centre and lower parts surrounded by a dark purple/blue colour with a fluorescent lighter shade of purple/blue along the tips of the fins (seen best under bluer lighting). The amount of orange can vary from very little to nearly half the fish.

Similar Species

Any species that look similar to this one, that may be mixed up.

Maximum Size

Grows to approx. 8cm in length

Associated Organisms

Anything that lives in sybiosis, parasitic or opportunistically with it.


Aggressive with other Angel fish they are peaceful with unrelated fish.

Captive Care

Tank Size

This fish likes to dart in and out of the rockwork and is a fast moving fish. It would be unkind to keep it in anything less than a tank of 3 feet in length and a 4 footer would be better.

Water Flow

Comfortable in normal reef flow but not required.


No specific lighting requirements. Newly introduce fish may benefit from subdued lighting for the first few days after introduced to the aquarium while they acclimatise to the new surroundings.


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 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.


Not commonly plagues by disease or other health issues the coral beauty is rather hardy however the usual quarantine precautions should be taken.


The scales on this fish are very "rough" and it can easily become caught up in a fish net. Care is needed when netting to minimise stress.




Avoid housing with other dwarf angelfish. It is not common for two dwarf angels to get along in most aquariums. In a large aquarium if you wish to attempt housing more than one dwarf angel they should be added at the same time or the first fish added may be very aggressive to the newcomer.


The coral beauty is not considered to be reef safe. Some of these fish are and some aren't depending on the individual. They are generally safer with soft corals, less so with SPS and have a tendency to nip LPS.


May not be safe with Tridacnid clams but generally safe with other inverts.


In the wild these fish live in a harem type situation with one male to 3-7 females.

Local Ecology


Indo-Pacific Oceans.


9-45m. Remains close to rockwork where it can find cover quickly.

Additional Information

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