Pomacanthus navarchus

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Pomacanthus navarchus
1 Pomacanthus navarchus Blue-gridled angelfish.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pomacanthidae
Genus: Pomacanthus
Species: P. navarchus
Binomial name
Pomacanthus navarchus
(Cuvier, 1831)
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Pomacanthus navarchus, the blue-girdled angelfish or majestic angelfish, is a marine angelfish from the Indo-Pacific ocean as well as some parts of the east Indian Ocean. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. P. navarchus is one of the smallest of the larger species of angelfish. It grows to a size of 41 centimetres (16 in) in length, but usually much smaller, and can live to be up to 21 years old. Younger fish stay closer to the shallows, but the more mature fish can be found up to 120 feet (37 m) deep. Majestic Angelfish eat mainly sponges and tunicates. Juvenile fish are mostly blue in color with white stripes. As they mature, they take on a yellow coloration on the flanks, dorsal fin, and tail as seen in the image at right.