Centropyge flavissima

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

Common Names

  • Lemonpeel Angel



Bright yellow body overall with blue margins on the caudal, anal and dorsal fins, a blue and black or red margin on the gill cover and blue cheek spine. Blue ring around the eye which is more pronounced in Pacific forms. Juveniles have a blue rimmed black spot mid body.

Similar Species

Maximum Size

14cm [1]

Associated Organisms



The Lemonpeel angel is one of the more likely Pygmy Angels to pick at corals and clams.

Captive Care

Tank Size


Water Flow

Natural habitat is sheltered lagoons. Will adapt to most flow conditions of a typical aquarium.


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.


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.


One of the more difficult species of Pygmy Angels to acclimatise to captive conditons. Some have suggested greater captive success with a temperature of 27 deg. or above.[1]




Introduce a small and large lemonpeel at the same time if wanting to keep more then one Lemonpeel angel per tank. Known to fight with other Pygmy Angels and boisterous at times with smaller tank mates.


Will nip at LPS and others. IT is not considered reef safe.


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


In the wild these fish live in a pair or harem type situation with one male to 3 females. Where no male is present a dominant female will undergo a sex change and become male, protogynous hermaphrodite. They have been successfully bred in captivity.

Local Ecology


Central Pacific but rarely Australia or new guinea region [2], Cocos-Keeling and Christmas Island, Ryukyu Islands and Marianas to Marquesan and Ducie islands, New Caledonia and Rapa Islands.[1]


Mostly found in sheltered Lagoons

Additional Information

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



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 (Michael 2004): Michael, S., Angelfishes and Butterflyfishes: Reef Fishes Series, book 3, TFH-Microcosm: Neptune City, 2004.
  2. (Steene 1978): Steene, R.C., Butterfly and angelfishes of the world: volume 1 australia : a complete survey of the species of Australia and New Guinea, Reed: Sydney, 1978.