Chaetodontoplus conspicillatus, M

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Conspic Angel. Chaetodontoplus conspicillatus. Care: Expert. Diet: Omnivorous. Light: Medium. Place of origin: Melanesia

Southern Queenland to Lord Howe & Norfolk Islands & New Caledonia with expatriates as far south as Sydney. Adults inhabit coral-rich outer reef slopes at depths of about 20 to 40m, but many venture much shallower. Juveniles are usually in the shallows of lagoons and harbours at depths of 2-10m. Adults are readily identified by their yellow face with a distinct blue ring encircling each eye and blue margins on the preoperculum and operculum. Mouth white with black band behind, ventral fins white, and median fins have bluish white edges. Pectorals and caudal fins are yellow at the base with broad black outer parts. Small juveniles are black with a white dorsal fin and have a thin white band on their otherwise clear caudal fin. With growth, the caudal fin becomes black and a yellow or white band develops near its base, whilst the upper sides of the body pales to a brown orange colour. Elongated adults are thought to be males. Length to 25cm.