Regal Angelfish (Pygoplites diacanthus)
Common Name: Regal Angelfish
Scientific Name: Pygoplites diacanthus
Reef-Safe: Not safe with clams, zoanthids, softies and some LPS. Safe with SPS
Min. Tank Size: 120 gallons
Captive Care: Difficult
Temperament: Peaceful toward other fish. Keeping multiple individuals together can be done in large systems.
Max. Size: 25 cm (10")
Range: From West Pacific Ocean, Indonesia, to Central and west Indian Ocean, and Red Sea
Depth: 1 - 48m (3.3 - 158ft)
Remarks: The Regal Angelfish is the only species in the genus Pygoplites. The yellow belly form only show in those from Indian Ocean and Red Sea. Temperament can also differ based on regions. Those from Indian Ocean and Red Sea are bolder in manner than the ones from Pacific Ocean, and have shown to be more readily accepting prepared foods in captivity. Juveniles of all regions have a blue ocellus or eye spot on the soft dorsal fin.