Centropyge aurantia, M

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Golden Angel. Centropyge aurantia. Care: Expert. Diet: Omnivorous. Light: Medium. Place of origin: Western Pacific Reef safe

Widespread, but known from scattered localities in the Pacific: Samoa, PNG & Solomons, northern GBR, Indonesia, Palau and Pohnpei. A secretive species, rarely seen by divers. Normally found in deep gutters amongst corals or crevices, and has been reported to 60m depth, and in PNG as shallow as 3m. Colour somewhat variable, usually dusky orange overall with numerous vertical narrow stripes on side. Some individuals are totally dark brown and may turn to orange, the more normal colouration, when kept in captivity for a while. Length to 10cm, but usually much smaller: 5-6cm.