More on author: Valenciennes. Also feeds on plankton. Reproduction occurs in late summer. Females are more territorial and form pair bonds with the males. Oviparous Ref. Sometimes forms mixed aggregations with Pomacanthus zonipectus Ref.

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Holacanthus passer King angelfish, Passer angelfish, Angel real. Angelfish have been observed cleaning parasites from hammerhead sharks, mantas, and other large fishes. In the bottom photo and in the film, Ocean Oasis , clarion angelfish near the Revillagigedo Islands appear to be cleaning the remoras which are attached to the mantas, as well as the mantas themselves. Adults are dark blue-gray and have a vertical white bar on the sides just behind the origin of the pectoral fin.

The pelvic fins are white in males and yellow in females. Juveniles undergo a changing pattern of colors but can be distinguished by the orange front and orange tail with a single bar or several white bars on the side. The range of the king angelfish includes the central Gulf of California, Guadalupe Island, south on the outer coast to Ecuador. They are common around shallow rocky and coral reefs from 3 meters 10 feet to depths of at least 80 meters feet.

Juveniles can be found in shallower water. They graze on algal turf and attached invertebrates, especially sponges, and have been observed feeding on the feces of the scissortail damselfish, Chromis atrilobata damisela cola de tijera. A possible new hybrid of angelfish has been observed in the Cabo San Lucas area. This is the first probable Pomacanthid hybrid from the eastern Pacific. It is not known whether this is a natural occurrence or the result of introduction of the Clarion angelfish, Holacanthus clarionensis , from the Revillagigedo Islands by fishing boats.

All characters support the hypothesis that the unidentified Pomacanthid is a hybrid of H. Sala, E; O. Aburto, and J. Pacific Science , Vol. Holacanthus passer King angelfish, Passer angelfish, Angel real Angelfish have been observed cleaning parasites from hammerhead sharks, mantas, and other large fishes.


Species: Holacanthus passer, King angelfish

Its close relative the Queen Angelfish Holacanthus ciliaris also has a "crown" and a similar body structure, but these two do differ slightly in size and in overall coloration. The King Angel is smaller. Both the King and the Queen Angelfish are found in the tropical reef areas adjacent to Central America. Their habitats were once continuous but are now separated due to the uplifting of the Central America Land Bridge, roughly about 5 million years ago.


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Holacanthus passer king angelfish or passer angelfish is a large marine angelfish of the family Pomacanthidae. Males and females are visually identical. They do, however undergo significant changes in coloration and to a lesser degree shape as they mature. Juvenile king angelfish are primarily yellow, with fins rimmed with iridescent blue, blue striping towards the posterior of their bodies, and an orange mask around the eye. Sexually mature king angelfish, on the other hand, have mostly brown or blue bodies depending on the light with the same blue rimming around the fins and a yellow tail. They have between 18 and 20 rays in their dorsal fin and each of their pectoral fins, and 17 to 19 in their anal fin. They also have a strong spike under their lower cheek for defensive purposes.


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