Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus, S
Singapore Angel. Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus. Care: Expert. Diet: Omnivorous. Light: Medium. Place of origin: Indian Ocean
Widespread Western Pacific from southern Japan to a northern Australia, ranging to the west mainland Asian coast and into the Indian Ocean to southern Sumatra, whilst in the east to at least Irian Jaya. Occurs in coral rich areas in lagoons or coastal reefs, shallow to about 20m deep. Adults normally in pairs, whilst subadults sometimes aggregate in small groups and juveniles solitary. Diet comprises algae, sponges and tunicates. Adults and juveniles are similar and recognised by their eye-band (as seen in butterflyfishes), followed by white that grades into black and a bright yellow tail. The snout is yellow whilst lips and dorsal and anal fin margins are blue. The sexes seem identical in colour. Reaches 18cm.