Holacanthus ciliaris, Adult, M
Queen Angel : Adult. Holacanthus ciliaris.Care: Beginner. Diet: Omnivorous. Light: Medium. Place of origin: Caribbean
Western Atlantic, from Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean south to Brazil, ranging to the subtropical area off Rio de Janeiro. Adults usually offshore, inhabiting rubble areas of shallow to deep reefs, at depths between about 5 to 60m. They occur either singly or in pairs, but observed in the southern Caribbean in small groups in a typical harem-like arrangement in which a male claims a territory in which he has a small number of females. Juveniles are solitary and live in shallow habitats, including mangroves, and often perform as cleaners. A conspicuously coloured species, regarded by many to be one of the most beautiful angelfishes. Adults feature a dark blue spot on forehead, speckled and ringed with brilliant blue, which forms the "crown", which may fade a bit in older Queen angelfish individuals. The paired and caudal fins are always yellow. The splendidly coloured juveniles have a dark band over the head and a few vertical pale-blue lines on the body that are slightly curved. Length to 45cm.