Size11 inches long (28 cm)
DietSponges, algae, bryozoans, zoantharians, gorgonian corals and tunicates
RangeWestern Atlantic from Florida to Brazil
HabitatSubtropical shallow reefs near sea fans
- Commonly 11 inches long (28 cm), can reach maximum size near 16 inches (42 cm).
- Adult is almost entirely black with yellow tints on the body scales.
- Sub-adult will have some scale coloration, usually with two to three yellow bars.
- Juvenile has many yellow bars on the body.
Breeding pairs of foxface angelfish will defend their territory from other pairs.
- Diet consists of sponges, algae, bryozoans, zoantharians, gorgonian corals and tunicates.
- Juvenile serves cleaning stations, cleaning jacks, snappers, morays, grunts, surgeonfishes and wrasses.
- Occurs in the Western Atlantic from Florida and the Bahamas through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico to Brazil. In the Eastern Atlantic on Ascension Island and St. Paul’s Rocks.
- Found in subtropical shallow reefs near sea fans at depths from 9-330 feet (3-100 m).
- Oviparous and monogamous, as it has one mate at a time, but does not necessarily remain together permanently.
- “Least Concern” on IUCN Red List.
- This species is usually found in pairs, and breeding pairs territorially defend their space from other pairs.