Golden angelfish

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Golden angelfish
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pomacanthidae
Genus: Centropyge
C. aurantia
Binomial name
Centropyge aurantia

Golden angelfish (Centropyge aurantia), also known as aurinatus angelfish or velvet dwarf angel, is a small angelfish inhabiting shallow reefs of the western Pacific Ocean.


Living at depths of 3–60 metres (10–197 ft) on shallow reefs, C. aurantia is found in the western Pacific including Indonesia and the Great Barrier Reef. It is rarely found in Australian waters.[1]


The golden angelfish grows to around 10 centimetres (4 in). Its main body colour is a reddish-orange or brown with thin orange stripes. All fins and the lips of this fish are lined with orange; the eye is also orange. It also may have a burnt orange-red color with yellow lines running vertically along its body.


The golden angelfish inhabits areas with many coral reefs and rocky outcrops, often hiding in crevices surrounded by sponges.[1] It is an omnivore, feeding on algae, detritus and invertebrates.[1]

Commercial use[edit]

The species is rarely taken as an aquarium fish.[2]

This fish also may be owned in a 55-gallon tank surrounded by many hiding places and a live rock. It is also best to introduce this fish to the tank with no other fish inside first to get used to its surroundings. It is best to then introduce them to calm fish and not another dwarf angel fish.


  1. ^ a b c Bray, Dianne. "Golden Angelfish, Centropyge aurantia". Fishes of Australia. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Centropyge aurantia summary page". FishBase. Retrieved 2017-11-11.