Regal Angelfish

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Description of the Regal Angelfish

The Regal Angelfish is also commonly known as the Royal Angelfish and Bluebanded Angelfish. It is a marine Angelfish and although makes a beautiful addition to a tropical aquarium, it is definitely not recommend for the beginner as is considered quite difficult to feed.

Popular Name: Regal Angelfish
Species: Pygoplites diacanthus

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Regal Angelfish

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Popular Name: Regal Angelfish
Species: Pygoplites diacanthus

Profile of the Regal Angelfish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Regal Angelfish species.

  • Size: Up to 25cm 

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.1 to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Mysis Shrimp, Krill

  • Habitat: Reef Dwellers at depths of up to 48m

  • Behaviour: Good Community Fish

  • Range: Indo-Pacific, Red Sea, North and Western Indian Ocean

Scientific Classification of the Regal Angelfish
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: Pygoplites diacanthus

  • Popular Name: Regal Angelfish - Royal Angelfish - Bluebanded Angelfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Pomacanthidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Regal Angelfish?
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 Regal Angelfish slimy?
Regal Angelfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Regal Angelfish 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 Regal Angelfish have gills?
Gills enable the Regal Angelfish 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.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Regal Angelfish 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 Regal Angelfish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

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

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

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

Interesting Facts and Information about Regal Angelfish

Regal Angelfish

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  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Regal Angelfish slimy?

  • Why do the Regal Angelfish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Regal Angelfish have fins?

  • Species: Pygoplites diacanthus

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