Centropyge tibicen

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Common Name
Keyhole Angel
Binomial Name
Centropyge tibicen
Centropyge tibicen 1.jpg
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pomacanthidae
Genus: Centropyge
Species: tibicen

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Common Names

  • Keyhole Angel



Males appear dark blue and females black[1]

Similar Species

The white keyhole marking on either side of the body readily distinguishes C. tibicen from C. nox, C. flavipectoralis and a lesser degree C. flavicauda

Maximum Size

18.5cm [2] The largest of the genus.

Associated Organisms

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


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

Captive Care

Tank Size

The size of tank suitable for it, including reasoning behind this judgement.

Water Flow

Type and amount of water flow suitable for it.


How much lighting is required for it.


What it requires in terms of feeding, type of foods and frequency.

Growth Rate

How quickly it will grow under various conditions.


Things that adversely effect it, such as bacterial infections, parasites etc.


Addition things / items that are important for care in captivity.




Does it have any fish that it should not be housed with?


Does it have coral that it is not compatable with?


Is it compatable with other invertebrates such as molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms?


Males appear dark blue and females black[1]

Local Ecology


Which oceans and reefs it is found.


Where it is found on the natural reefs, the reef zone.

Additional Information

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



  1. 1.0 1.1 Thresher, R.E., Reproduction in reef fishes, T.F.H. Publications, Inc: Neptune City, 1984.
  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.