Scribbled Angelfish, scientifically named Chaetodontoplus duboulayi, is a type of marine fish with ray-like fins belonging to the Pomacanthidae family.
This fish is found in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Scribbled angelfish typically lives in coastal and inner reef areas, which include rubble, soft bottoms, or open flat bottom areas with rock, coral, sponge, and seawhip outcrops.
These fish can be found in small groups and feed on sponges and tunicates.
They often form pairs or small groups and are occasionally exported for the aquarium trade.
However, scribbled angelfish is not considered reef-safe, meaning that if introduced into an aquarium environment, it can potentially harm coral reefs.
Scribbled Angelfish Interesting Facts
- Scribbled angelfish is a species of marine angelfish found in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
- They can be found in coastal and inner reef areas with rubble, soft bottoms, or open flat bottom areas with rock, coral, sponge, and seawhip outcrops.
- This fish feeds on sponges and tunicates and may be found in small groups or pairs.
- Although occasionally exported through the aquarium trade, scribbled angelfish are not considered safe for reefs.
Scribbled Angelfish Habitat
Scribbled angelfish is a marine fish found in the Indo-West Pacific region.
Its habitat ranges from northern Australia and parts of Indonesia to Lord Howe Island.
This fish lives in reef environments and doesn’t migrate.
It can be found at depths between 5 and 20 meters (about 16 to 66 feet) and thrives in tropical climates.
Scribbled Angelfish Physical Characteristics
Size: 11.0 inches (28.0 centimeters)
Scribbled angelfish can grow up to 28 cm (about 11 inches) in length.
This fish has 11 dorsal spines, 22 soft dorsal rays, 3 anal spines, and 21 soft anal rays.
The appearance of scribbled angelfish includes a dark blue body, yellow snout, and a broad yellow vertical band behind its head with a large white patch.
Males have thin horizontal wavy neon blue lines, or “scribbling,” on their bodies, which females don’t have.
The body depth of this fish is 1.6 to 1.8 times smaller than its length, and it has 80 to 90 scales in its longitudinal series.