Flameback Angel

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Description of the Flameback Angel

The Flameback Angel is also known as the Flameback pygmy angelfish and is a reef dweller found off the coast of Brazil as well as the southern Caribbean. It is a beautiful addition to any marine aquarium and more than one specimen can be kept providing there is only a single male.

Popular Name: Flameback Angel
Species: Centropyge aurantonotus

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Flameback Angel

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Profile of the Flameback Angel
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Flameback Angel species.

  • Size: Up to 8cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.1-8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Frozen and Dried food, particularly frozen Mysis Shrimp

  • Temperament: Peaceful community fish provided there is only one male in the tank.

  • Habitat: Reef Dwellers

  • Behaviour: Only a single male should be kept with one or more females to avoid aggression

  • Range: Southern Caribbean and Brazilian Coast

Scientific Classification of the Flameback Angel
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Centropyge aurantonotus

  • Popular Name: Flameback Angel - Flameback pygmy angelfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Pomacanthidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Flameback Angel?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Flameback Angel slimy?
Flameback Angel secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Flameback Angel to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Flameback Angel have gills?
Gills enable the Flameback Angel to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

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Why do the Flameback Angel have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Flameback Angel has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Flameback Angel has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Flameback Angel has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Flameback Angel has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

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Flameback Angel

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  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Flameback Angel slimy?

  • Why do the Flameback Angel have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Flameback Angel have fins?

  • Species: Centropyge aurantonotus

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