This angelfish species occurs in tropical waters of the western Atlantic from Georgia, Bermuda and northern Gulf of Mexico to Santa Catarina, Brazil. Juvenile rock beauty angelfish start out completely yellow in color with a blue-edged black spot just past their midpoint. As the fish matures the black spot expands, ultimately covering most of its body with only the head and tailfin remaining yellow.
  • Size

    12 inches (30 cm)
  • Diet

    Tunicates, sponges, zoantharian corals, algae and small crustaceans.
  • Range

    Western Atlantic from Georgia, Bermuda, and northern Gulf of Mexico to Santa Catarina, Brazil
  • Habitat

    Rock jetties, rocky and coral reefs

Physical Characteristics

Size

  • Rock beauty often reaches 12 inches (30 cm), but 14 inch (35 cm) individuals have been reported.

Color

  • The front of the body and tail fin is bright yellow, while the remaining parts are black.

 

Animal Fact

Rock beauty angelfish are a non-migratory species

Diet / Feeding

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

Range / Habitat

Range

  • Rock beauty angelfish occurs in tropical waters of the Western Atlantic from Georgia, Bermuda, and northern Gulf of Mexico to Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Habitat

  • 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.

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.

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