Pomacanthus navarchus

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Common Name
Navarchus Angel
Binomial Name
Pomacanthus navarchus
Pomacanthus navarchus 1.jpg
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pomacanthidae
Genus: Pomacanthus
Species: navarchus

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Common Names

  • Navarchus Angel
  • Majestic Angel
  • Bluegirdled Angelfish



Juveniles black with light blue curve vertical stripes on the sides. Adults are bright yellow on sides and back, dorsal and caudal fins, with numerous blue spots; head and ventral portion of the body, pectoral and pelvic fins dark blue with numerous light blue spots on the posterior portion of the anal fin and the adjacent caudal peduncle area. Narrow light blue streaks run across the face from below the eye, and on the area just behind the head. Fins edged light blue.

Similar Species

Maximum Size


Associated Organisms



Often solitary.

Captive Care

Tank Size

360 litre

Water Flow

Medium or more preferred


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.


Feed a variety of algae (Spirulina, nori, natural macro algae, etc), fresh or frozen chopped meaty foods, and foods containing sponge material.

Growth Rate

How quickly it will grow under various conditions.


Majestic 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. Occasionally prone to Lymphocystis infection and Lateral Line Disease.


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




Aggresive towards conspecifics and similar large angels once established. Otherwise generally peaceful.


Majestic Angels are not reef safe, but favoured amoungst the Pomacanthus genus as being the safest one to try in a mixed reef.


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


How it reproduces, how suitable it is to breeding or captive propagation, techniques on how to etc.

Local Ecology


Indo-Pacific: Indonesia to Papua New Guinea, north to the Philippines, south to Rowley Shoals and the southern Great Barrier Reef; including Palau and Yap in Micronesia.


Occurs in coral rich areas of clear lagoons, channels, and protected outer reef slopes.

Additional Information

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