The Queensland Yellowtail Angelfish, also known as the Personifer Angelfish, Meredith’s Angelfish, Yellow-Finned Angelfish, or scientifically named Chaetodontoplus meridithii, is a type of marine fish with ray-shaped fins.
It belongs to the Pomacanthidae family of marine angelfish and is found in the waters off the eastern coast of Australia.
This fish is not considered reef safe, meaning it may not be suitable for a reef aquarium as it could potentially harm the corals or other inhabitants.
Queensland yellowtail angelfish lives in coastal reefs and open bottom areas with rock, coral, sponge, or seawhip outcrops.
It’s usually seen at depths greater than 35 meters (115 feet).
Young Queensland yellowtail angelfish often live among sponges under jetties, while adults, which are often found in pairs, generally inhabit deeper waters.
They feed on sponges and tunicates (sea squirts). These angelfish are typically solitary, but they can also form pairs or small groups.
Queensland yellowtail angelfish is occasionally exported and sold in the aquarium trade. However, it’s not a reef-safe fish.
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Queensland Yellowtail Angelfish Interesting Facts
- Queensland yellowtail angelfish is a type of marine fish from the Pomacanthidae family.
- It has several other names, such as Meredith’s yellow-finned angelfish or simply the Yellowtail angelfish.
- You can find this species off eastern Australia in saltwater environments.
- However, it’s not reef safe and may harm other aquatic life like corals.
Queensland Yellowtail Angelfish Habitat
Queensland yellowtail angelfish, found in the Western Pacific region, is native to Queensland, Australia.
It has also been reported to be found further south, in New South Wales and Lord Howe Island.
These fish live in marine environments and are closely associated with reefs.
They don’t migrate and can be found at depths of 10 to 50 meters (33 to 164 feet).
Queensland yellowtail angelfish thrives in subtropical waters, which are slightly cooler than tropical waters.
Queensland Yellowtail Angelfish Physical Characteristics
Size: 14.6 inches (37 centimeters)
Queensland yellowtail angelfish can grow up to a length of 37 cm (about 14.6 inches).
This fish has 13 dorsal spines (rigid, pointy parts on its back), 17 to 19 dorsal soft rays (flexible parts on its back), 3 anal spines (rigid, pointy parts near its rear), and 17 to 19 anal soft rays (flexible parts near its rear).
The main body of the Queensland yellowtail angelfish is black, while its forehead, snout, breast, and tail fin are yellow.
The sides of its head are mostly blue with yellow spots.
There is a wide white stripe just behind the head, running from below the forehead to the base of the pectoral fin (the side fins).
The dorsal and anal fins have a narrow yellowish to bluish-white edge or margin.