Pomacanthus semicirculatus

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Common Name
Semicircle Angel
Binomial Name
Pomacanthus semicirculatus
Pomacanthus semicirculatus juv 01.jpg
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pomacanthidae
Genus: Pomacanthus
Species: semicirculatus



Common Names

  • Semicircle Angel
  • Koran Angel



Characteristics

Description

As a juvenile P.semicirculatus bears striking blue and white stripes over a dark (black) body, as it matures the markings fade to dark blue/black spots against and yellow/green body. Often confused at the juvenile stage with similar looking species P. imperator, P. chrysurus and P. maculosus.

Similar Species

Maximum Size

Up to 400mm [1]

Associated Organisms

Nil

Behaviour

Generally well accepted in reef aquariums, however care should be taken with other angels or tangs as they can display aggression to perceived competitors. Active in the aquarium, Angels can often be found darting from hide to hide.


Captive Care

Tank Size

Medium to large aquariums, >200L with a minimum width of 500mm.

Water Flow

Will accept a wide range of flow.

Lighting

Low to intense lighting is acceptable.

Feeding

Natural diet consists of sponges, tunicates and algae [1] in aquaria they will readily take frozen and dried foods with an emphasis on algae. Nori (Japanese Sushi Seaweed) is a favourite meal.

Growth Rate

Reaches sexual maturity within 4 1/2 years [1].

Diseases

Often afflicted by Lymphocystis and susceptible to common fish diseases.

Other


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Compatability

Fish

Avoid housing with similar species and potential competitors such as Tangs

Coral

Not compatible with many sponges and tunicates.

Invertebrate

Generally not compatible with shrimp.



Reproduction

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



Local Ecology

Distribution

Found throughout the Indian Ocean and West Pacific, from East Africa and the Red Sea west to Samoa, north to southern Japan, south to Western Australia, New South Wales and Lord Howe Island [1].

Habitat

Found on inshore and outer reefs down to 30m [1].



Additional Information

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



Resources



References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 (http://www.fishbase.org): Froese, R., Pauly, D. Fish Base, World Wide Web electronic publication, 2008.