Centropyge loricula

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

Common Names

  • Flame Angel



Red body with, commonly, 5 black vertical stripes however these can number 3-7. Blue and black horizontal stripes on the back tips of the dorsal and anal fins, the blue being more vivid and larger in area in males.

Similar Species


Maximum Size


Associated Organisms



Notes about what they do, how they interact with others, different species etc.

Captive Care

Tank Size

100 litres, 120cm in length

Water Flow

Suitable for high flows as found in reef tanks or lower flows as found in fish only tanks.


Low to high lighting making sure there is a day and night time.


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.


In the wild these fish live close to the reef so they can dart in for safety. They should be supplied with rockwork that allows for this in captivity.




Avoid housing with other dwarf angelfish or fish big enough to eat it. 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. They have been known to be aggressive toward other fish as well.


The Flame Angel 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. Where no male is present a dominant female will undergo a sex change and become male, protogynous hermaphrodite. They have been successfully bred at the Oceanic Institute.

Local Ecology


Tropical Pacific Ocean


15-60m it will remain close to rock work where it can find cover quickly.

Additional Information

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