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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Ocean Voyager

Range / Habitat

  • Rock beauty angelfish occurs in tropical waters of the Western Atlantic from Georgia, Bermuda, and northern Gulf of Mexico to Santa Catarina, Brazil.    
  • Found in rock jetties, rocky and coral reefs at depths ranging from approximately 10 feet to 301 feet (3 - 92 m), but most commonly seen in depths of 10 feet to 115 feet (3-35 m).
  • Non-migratory.

Physical Characteristics

  • Rock beauty often reaches12 inches (30 cm), but 14 inch (35 cm) individuals have been reported.
  • The front of the body and tail fin is bright yellow, while the remaining parts are black.

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of tunicates, sponges, zoantharian corals, algae and small crustaceans.

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Juvenile rock beauties are entirely yellow, except for a blue-edged black spot on the upper side of the body past its midpoint. As the fish matures the black spot expands, ultimately covering most of its body.