Royal angelfish

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Royal angelfish
Pygoplites diacanthus by Jacek Madejski.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Pomacanthidae
Genus: Pygoplites
Species: P. diacanthus
Binomial name
Pygoplites diacanthus
(Boddaert, 1772)

The royal angelfish or regal angelfish, Pygoplites diacanthus, is a species of marine angelfish of the family Pomacanthidae, and the monotypic genus Pygoplites. It is found in tropical Indo-Pacific oceans. Its can grow as long as 25 cm.

In the aquarium[edit]

Pygoplites diacanthus in the Maldives, Indian Ocean

Royal angelfish frequently make their ways into the aquarium trade, but they typically do not do well in captivity. This species has never been bred in captivity before, so captive specimens are wild caught, typically by cyanide fishing. Death of this fish in the short-term can be blamed on cyanide fishing in some cases.

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